Hasse Persson. From the series “Made in USA”. 1977-1981, C-print
“Studio 54 and Other Stories” - unique photos from the decadent nightclub by Hasse Persson
Images: Hasse Persson. From the series “Made in USA”. 1977-1981, C-print
Hasse Persson “Studio 54 and Other Stories” Andersson/ Sandström, Umeå November 1 – December 12, 2014
Hasse Persson’s exhibition “Studio 54 and Other Stories” opens Saturday November 1st at Andersson/ Sandström, in Umeå.
Born in 1942 in Borås, Sweden, Hasse Persson is today one of the country's most respected photographers. He established himself as a press photographer in the United States during the years 1967-1990 and with New York as his base, he's had the whole world as his working field. During that time he photographed everything from presidential campaigns to the legendary nightclub Studio 54 in New York.
Apart from photos from the decadent nightclub, the exhibition also contains other American stories shot by Hasse Persson, covering phenomena like the Ku Klux Klan, racial conditions in Midnight, Mississippi, American presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan but also portraits of iconic figures such as Larry Hagman, Alfred Hitchcock, Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the publishing house Max Ström and Galleri Andersson/ Sandström have co-produced the book “Studio 54”. New York’s Studio 54 opened in 1977 and within just a few months it became the world's most renowned discotheque. Although it existed in its original form only for about a thousand nights, it is still regarded as one of the most famous entertainment venues of the 20th century. For the first time these today almost legendary images are presented in the form of a book.