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Catherine Guinness and Andy

Catherine Guinness and Andy, c. 1978
© Bob Colacello; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Projects

Editor and Andy Warhol confidant Bob Colacello unveils an exhibition of his personal photos featuring the era’s biggest names in very private settings

In the 1970s and 1980s, Bob Colacello was never home. The former Interview magazine editor and right-hand man to Andy Warhol was out so much—be it Studio 54 or the White House—that he started a column called “Out,” which traced his party-hopping throughout the night. Now, 170 of his photos are being featured in a solo exhibition, Pictures from Another Time: Photographs by Bob Colacello, 1976–82, opening Thursday night at Vito Schnabel Projects in New York. From Yves Saint Laurent to Leo Castelli, Diane von Furstenberg to Diana Vreeland, it’s a bit of the crème de la crème we wouldn’t otherwise see.

“These photos represent a high-society melting pot, a jet-set jamboree,” says Colacello. “It’s a mostly elite picture you’re getting with the odd beauty who made it past the velvet rope at Studio 54. It’s people who wanted to have fun.”

As he gears up for the opening of the exhibition (and a book with Assouline, Interview: 50 Years, which is out this fall), Colacello walked us through ten photos, taken everywhere from Newport to Los Angeles to New York, all of which are a blast from the past.