“Studio 54” by Hasse Persson— The Legend Continues


Persson, Hans. “Studio 54”, Max Ström, 2015.

The Legend Continues

Amos Lassen


We have grown up with the legend that was Studio 54. It opened in1977, at the height of the disco craze, at 254 West 54th Street in New York City. Studio 54 was and still is the world’s most famous disco. Those who frequented the club included Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Calvin Klein, Elton John, John Travolta, Brooke Shields and Tina Turner. Once inside there was atmosphere of “unadulterated hedonism” and everyone who was who, who is who and who was going to be who were there. Hasse Persson captured it in photographs. He had been a frequent guest at the club and his photos have become their own legends. He captured the club’s famed revelers, dancers in costume and general, drunken exhilaration by many of these photos have gone unseen— until now, some thirty-five years after it was suddenly closed. Now you can see it all yourself in this wonderful book that documents the craziness. stu2 “Hasse Persson has had a long career as a photojournalist. Though Swedish born, he spent nearly a quarter century, from 1967 to 1990, working in New York. He has published five books on America and his photographs have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Time, Newsweek and Life. He worked as the artistic director of the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg and today he is the artistic director of Strandverket Konsthall in Marstrand, Sweden.” stu3stu4