Vintage 1980s polaroids capturing the vibrancy of NYC’s art scene

Starring Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and Grace Jones.

[P]artying with Andy Warhol? Hanging out with Grace Jones? Swiss photographer and director Edo Bertoglio has seen it all. For those in need of a nostalgia fix, Bertoglio’s new photo diary takes us back to the grit and glam of New York’s downtown art scene in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, featuring pictures of Debbie Harry and co at bars, taking snaps themselves and enjoying a neo-disco era.

“Everything started between 5th and 34th Street, on a clear and cold afternoon, Maripol and I ran into one of those sudden strong gusts of wind that make you feel weirdly uncomfortable and estranged, kind of out of context. All of a sudden we hugged, with tears in our eyes, terrified by the metropolis, by our own loneliness and the lack of stable work. Attempting to overcome our own feelings, we walked right up to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building where the warmth of the light eventually welcomed us and showed to us the very essence of the city, the clouds, and the skyscrapers, the river and the ocean. It was certainly clear that New York was the only place where we wanted to stay. That city was going to be the luminous background of my photographs.” – Edo Bertoglio

See below a series of images from ‘New York Polaroids 1976—1989’

Andy’s Big Shot, New York 1978

Andy’s Big Shot, New York 1978

Blouson de cuir, New York 1979

Blouson de cuir, New York 1979

Dominique & Nina, New York 1976

Dominique & Nina, New York 1976

Smoking Grace, New York 1986

Smoking Grace, New York 1986

Modern sunglasses, New York 1977

Modern sunglasses, New York 1977

Sandy & Sandro, New York 1983

Sandy & Sandro, New York 1983

Infinity Disco, New York 1976

Infinity Disco, New York 1976

Gallery

New York Polaroids 1976—1989, €35, Yardpress