In the Limelight
The Visual Ecstasy of NYC Nightlife in the 90s
Dive into the 1990s New York club scene with never-before-seen photos by its most prolific photographer, Steve Eichner.
Eichner was a fixture of 1990s New York City nightlife and served as both its official and unofficial photographer in an era before cellphones and selfies. In this book, readers go beyond the velvet ropes and into the spaces that witnessed some of the decade’s most incredible and sought-after parties. Previously unpublished, these intoxicating full-color photographs capture the over-thetop costumes, non-stop dancing, glitter, confetti, sex, drugs, and music that made 90s New York unlike any other place. Celebrities abound, from Leonardo DiCaprio, Dennis Hopper, and Tupac to Joan Rivers, Michael Musto, and Donald Trump. Eichner takes you to many of the city’s hot spots, including the Limelight, the Tunnel, Webster Hall, Club Expo, and Club USA. Texts by famous club owner Peter Gatien and BuzzFeed photo essay editor Gabriel H. Sanchez offer a historic and cultural perspective on an era when New York City was more affordable and every night saw artists, bankers, drag queens, musicians, and poets reveling together.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is a Photo Editor at the New York Times and the former Photo Essay Editor at BuzzFeed News. He has published over two thousand articles ranging in topic from Woodstock to Burning Man, and his loyal readers number more than one million.
Peter Gatien is a Canadian-born club owner and party promoter. He is the former owner of several prominent New York nightclubs including Club USA, the Limelight, Palladium, and the Tunnel.
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Steve Eichner was a staff photographer for Women’s Wear Daily for nearly two decades. His work has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, People, Vanity Fair, Cosmo, Details, and GQ.