Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Studio 54

Rudolph Nureyev, 1977

New York’s notorious nightclub, Studio 54, opened on this day, April 26, in 1977. Rudolph Nureyev was a regular at the club. He was photographed by Karsh in July of ’77 in Montreal, when Nureyev appeared with the National Ballet of Canada at Place des Arts.

“The crowd outside 254 West 54th Street in New York City on this day in 1927 would have been waiting for the curtain of a Puccini opera. On this day in 1957 or ’67, they would have been waiting for a filming of an episode of Password or maybe Captain Kangaroo. On this day in 1977, however, the crowd gathered outside that Midtown address was waiting and hoping for a chance to enter what would soon become the global epicenter of the disco craze and the most famous nightclub in the world: Studio 54, which opened its doors for the very first time on April 26, 1977.” Read more.

See a list of dancers who were photographed by Karsh.