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Finally, photographer Allan Tannenbaum is releasing a new book of photographs: New York in the 70s, that will transport you back to NYC as it was in the '70s. Sex, drugs, street gangs, disco divas, politicians, homeless, celebrities, musicians, hookers, and literally every other thing (and person) that went down during the decade are amongst the images included. It's nearly impossible to narrow down just a few from the book, but consider this a preview (minus all the sex club, disco orgy, x-rated shots). The book is out April 2nd, and the preface is written by Yoko Ono, with a foreword by P.J. O’Rourke.


New York in the 70s is a personal collection of photographs documenting an exciting chapter in New York's history-and a remarkable body of work produced by photographer Allan Tannenbaum while he was a photo editor of the SoHo Weekly News in Manhattan. The photographs encompass many aspects of New York life while capturing the heady exuberance of the era-from SoHo and the art world to the city's politics and society. By photographing everything from street gangs to disco divas, from homeless to Hollywood stars, Tannenbaum had assembled a personal diary of his journey as a photojournalist and raconteur through a strange and exotic era of New York life.


Allan Tannenbaum covered New York City for the SoHo Weekly News in the 1970s and early 1980s. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with work published in such major international magazines as Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match, and Stern. His photographs have also appeared in numerous books and exhibitions, including Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan. He lives in New York City.


"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


All photos by and © Allen Tannenbaum

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Taken on March 29, 2009