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Celebrities Let Their Hair Down In Raucous Party Photos Spanning Four Decades

Prolific photographer Richard Young has been attending glamorous celebrity parties for over 40 years.

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In his new book Nightclubbing, Richard Young documents his long career of snapping rock stars, actors, socialites, royals and fashionistas as they party the night away, giving the world a glimpse of the rich and famous letting their hair down.

The 70s were wild with both the gay scene and the punk scene emerging and breaking ground. The 80s saw English society in full swing and the dance scene was embraced with gusto. In the 90s we morphed into colour – not only through photography but the fashion got more eccentric and creative. The 00s was the decade of supermodels, superstars and super-royals, but also the time where photography became more highly controlled. Somehow I still managed to sneak in a few cheeky shots.

Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson in 1982 (left), and Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightly in 2012.

Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson (left), at a Muhammad Ali Party, The Hilton Hotel, London, and Keira Knightly and Michael Fassbender, at the ‘A Dangerous Method’ premiere after party, 34 Restaurant, London.

Catherine Zeta-Jones (left) and Elizabeth Hurley, seen in 1991.

Catherine Zeta Jones (left), at a ‘Hot Shots’ party, Hyde Park Hotel, London, and Elizabeth Hurley and Stephen Berkoff, at a Julia Verdin Party, at Dirty Larrys, London.

Samantha Fox and Freddie Mercury in 1986 (left), and Felipe Rose of the Village People in 1980.

Samantha Fox and Freddie Mercury, at a Queen Party, The Gardens, London, and Felipe Rose, of the Village People in the House of Commons, London.

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