Photographer: Rose Hartman
Location: Studio 54, New York
As a Kublah Khan of the creative imagination, New York in the seventies had Studio 54 as its Xanadu, and the true surviving fragment is Hartman’s photograph of Bianca Jagger riding a white horse into the nightclub to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. Within all of the maelstrom that must have ensued is captured a still image of certainty and command, particularly for the way Jagger controls the horse without saddlery wearing the most fluid kind of jersey dress by Halston. And while she looks away with studied indifference, the horse’s eye remains trained on the camera.