NEW YORK IN THE 70s – The photography of Allan Tannenbaum

An Exhibition and Sale of photographs by Allan Tannenbaum, documenting the New York music, art, show biz, night club, social scenes.

The show opens on May 29th and runs through June 25th, 2009.

This exhibit will celebrate Allan’s fabulous and amazing photographs documenting this extraordinary period in the history of New York and will feature photographs from the book, as well as some not included. Allan’s great book “New York in the 70s” has just been published in a new edition by Overlook Press. It is a collection of fascinating photographs taken by Tannenbaum, the chief photographer of the SoHo Weekly News, documenting an exciting era in New York City – the 1970s. The city was bursting with creative activity and things were happening all over. The Arab Oil Embargo was affecting the economy, and the Vietnam War was eroding respect for government. Pop art gave way to performance art, rock ‘n’ roll succumbed to disco music, sex was accepted and even glorified. New York in the 70s paints a complete and unadorned portrait of this very special era.

“Tannenbaum’s photographs of the 1970s are as wildly entertaining and energetic as that wonderful and bizarre decade itself. The form and important visual history of a moment when American culture changed forever.” – David Schonauer, Editor-in-Chief, American Photo

” A valuable, lasting remembrance of things past.” – Ron Rosenbaum

Photographer Allan Tannenbaum knew he had “one of the best jobs in New York City” when he worked as the photo editor for SoHo News from 1973-82, documenting every facet of New York City’s social, political, and artistic revolution. No place was as hip and as hot as New York City in the 70s. And while two more decades have since passed, many consider the 70s to be a unique turning point in New York City’s history.

With his camera, Tannenbaum was an omnipresent eyewitness to the rise and fall of the various public figures and institutions of the time. His role gave him access to the parties, celebrities, and events that characterized the era. He photographed some of the most celebrated icons of the 70s, including his own personal idols Andy Warhol and John Lennon. While photographing Yoko Ono for the cover of the SoHo News, Tannenbaum developed a friendship with her, which led to an exclusive photo op with Lennon and Ono during the filming of their ‘Starting Over’ video. Tannenbaum’s photographs were taken just two weeks before Lennon’s assassination, and he was developing some of the prints to take to the couple that very evening when he got the terrible news. “The depth of my despair brought tears without end,” he recalls.


From Studio 54 to City Hall, from the Rolling Stones on 5th Ave to O.J. Simpson as a “Conehead” on Saturday Night Live, from Mayors Beame and Koch to the first Gay Pride Parade, Tannenbaum’s provocative images from these years have been collected in a new book, NEW YORK IN THE 70s (Overlook Press, Winter 2009, $45.00).

The compendium features a reminiscence by Yoko Ono and a foreword by P.J. O’Rourke.
Over 50 of the images included in the book were exhibited in 1997 at Visa pour l’Image, the international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France.


New York in the 70s by Allen Tannenbaum Joan Baez at the War is Over Rally in Central Park, May 1975. Grace Slick and The Jefferson Starship perform in Central Park. Jimmy Carter Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan and Warren Beatty at the 1976 Democratic Convention. Marijuana Smoke-In and March from Central Park to Washington Square. Man in Richard Nixon mask smokes a joint after taking his pants off. Terence Galagher tends the Bellevue Hospital Mortuary. The "body" of King Kong lies in the WTC plaza after falling from the top of the building. A member of the Chingalings Motorcycle Club pushes another biker at the entrance to their rent-free city-owned clubhouse in the South Bronx.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the filming of a video to promote their new album, "Double Fantasy", New York City, November 26, 1980. Sid Vicious in a body bag. Truman Capote at the bar with a friend at Studio 54 in 1977. Long-abandoned Pier 48 being used by gay men as a rendezvous for casual sex. Country music star Dolly Parton hugs rock star Mick Jagger backstage after her Bottom Line concert. 5/14/77. Times Square Hooker waiting on the street. Blondie cooking at home. A boy jumps off a jungle gym on to a mattress in a vacant lot in the Lower East Side.
The boxer Snooks at Gleason's Gym reads about Nixon and Watergate. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis campaigning for Ted Kennedy in Astoria, Queens (February 2nd, 1980). Stripper Candy Love is arrested for going topless in front of City Hall in a one-person protest. Antidraft demonstrators holding a sit-in at the General Post Office do not deter a man in shorts from sending his post. Residents of Chinatown celebrate the year of the Tiger with a dragon and fireworks. Transit Authority K-9 Police use German Shepherds on the subway to deter crime.

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New York in The 70's by Allen Tannenbaum