Italian photographer documents the ruins of former nightclubs across Italy

Antonio La Grotta’s Paradise Discotheque is a series of images capturing the ruins and memories of former nightclubs and discotheques across Italy.

He photographed nine former nightspots as part of his project. Of his work, he said “Discotheques, the symbol of '80s and '90s hedonism, were fake marble temples adorned with Greek statues made of gypsum, futuristic spaces of gigantic size, large enough to contain the dreams of success, money, fun of thousands people. And then the dreams are gone, people disappeared and nightclubs became abandoned wrecks, cement whales laid on large empty squares, places inhabited by echo and melancholy.”

La Grotta is a graduate of IED (European Desing Institute) where he now teaches Reportage and Events Photography. A freelance photographer, he owns and runs NOPX, a contemporary art gallery. Find out more on his portfolio.