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About the Author
Patrick McMullan was born in New York and raised in Huntington, Long Island. Educated at NYU, McMullan majored in business and "minored in Studio 54." The premier nightlife photographer in New York City, McMullan's work appears regularly in his weekly New York Magazine column, the "Scene." His monthly columns include: Allure, Interview, Elle, Vanity Fair, Hamptons, Ocean Drive, and Gotham, among others. He is a contributing editor to British Elle and Men's Health. His fashion photography has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, German and Italian Cosmopolitan, Details, Marie Claire, and Out, to name a few. McMullan is also the subject of a smash weekly cable show on the Women's Entertainment called "Party Flash." Patrick lives in New York City; Jay McInerney is the infamous author of Bacchus & Me, Model Behavior, and Brightness Falls, as well as Bright Lights Big City; Tom Ford works with both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent as Creative Director. The recipient of numerous awards, Ford won a Council of Fashion Designers of America Award and four VH-1 Fashion and Music Awards. Tama Janowitz is the author of five novels, including Slaves of New York and A Certain Age; Michael Musto, a long-standing fixture of New York City nightlife, writes "La Dolce Musto," a regular column for The Village Voice.
With a career spanning three decades, Patrick McMullan is one of the world's most celebrated party, fashion, and society photographers. Possessing status on par with his subjects, McMullan knows the intricate connections of those exalted and of the few who live behind the velvet rope. His relentless documentation of the famous figures who made New York City nightlife emblematic in the age of excess is collected for the first time in So80s: A Photographic Diary Of A Decade. A consummate chronicler, Patrick McMullan began his career in the early 1980s shooting the downtown scene alongside nightclub scribe Stephan Saban for the original Details magazine, with nothing more than an Instamatic camera and the enouragement of Andy Warhol. In So80s, he brings us back into the exclusive world of glamour and glitz as it was experienced by the era's greatest fashion, music, and art icons that mixed uptown elitism with downtown eccentricity in New York City's nightlife. Shot in such legendary nightspots Studio 54, Area, Danceteria, Limelight, and the Cat Club, So80s features unreleased photos from the Patrick McMullan archives. Beautiful people populating these pages of societal history include Michael Alig, Drew Barrymore, Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Burroughs, Cher, Tina Chow, Calvin Klein, Duran Duran, Tom Ford, Michael J. Fox, Boy George, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Biana Jagger, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Robert Mapplethorpe, Liza Minelli, Cookie Mueller, Eddie Murphy, Tatum O'Neil, Yoko Ono, Ozzy Osbourne, River Phoenix, Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol, and many more. McMullan shares with us his photographic diary that holds the essence of New York characters and night crawlers.