The show is the first time Kost — who’s been making photo series of club kids and celebrities since 2001 — has juxtaposed his two favorite subject areas.
His Polaroid grids and large-scale prints chronicle an evening’s rowdiness, all pouty lips, stiletto heels and impossible bodily proportions and hair colors. “The goal is to have a complete look at a certain moment,” he says. “As soon as I shoot, the [photos] go right into my bag. I don’t look at them until I get back to the studio.”
A former club kid himself, Kost started taking nightlife photos while helping throw dance parties at the now-defunct Nation nightclub in Southeast in the early ’00s.
“Two and half years later, I’m in Pamela Anderson’s hotel room at 4 in the morning, and [megastar fashion photographer] David LaChapelle turned to me and said, ‘You know, this work is really good. You should take this seriously.'”
In this age of instant uploads, Kost’s work carries a retro charm. His photos capture the heat of a modern moment but have the vibe of a night at Warhol’s Factory or Studio 54. “I love that they feel a little bit timeless,” he says.
Jeremy Kost has been steadily making a name for himself ever since fashion photographer David LaChapelle encouraged him to pursue a career in the field. “Between the Lines” is his second show at Conner in two years; he also showed his work at Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum last year. A coffee-table book of his photography, “It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn,” was released in May.
» Conner Contemporary Art, 1358 Florida Ave. NE; through Sat., free; 202-588-8750, Connercontemporary.com.