The story of New York's wildest party spots, captured through enigmatic polaroid shots and featuring famed drag queens, go-go boys and transsexuals. Since 2002, Kost has been the sole photographer to capture the complete millenial portrait of the hottest nightlife. An exhilarating trip through the city's underground which puts the reader on the guestlist into a world of vivacious creativity, performance and costume that existed long before Lady Gaga! Captured with uncompromising immediacy, it features celebrities from Pamela Anderson to Bill Clinton.
"'The collages were my favorite pieces to make, with the whole idea of hiding flaws and accentuating strong points.'"
Jeremy Kost, "New York Times, T Style
""'It's the fantasy that attracts me. My relationship to the characters and subjects is the metaphor for transformation. They're like butterflies.'"
Jeremy Kost, "Los Angeles Times
"This first monograph from party photographer Jeremy Kost, master of the Polaroid collage captures New York's underground club scene with vibrantly skewed portraits of drag queens, go-go boys, trans divas and hard-partying personalities by cocktail-shaking spontaneity with meticulous composition, accentuating the careful performance aspect of nightlife culture." "Advocate
""It's fashionable to say that truly thrilling New York City nightlife died off during the Giuliani era. But "It's Always Darkest Before Dawn," a collection of Polaroids shot by photographer Jeremy Kost, proves you can still find places packed to bursting w