Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Celebrity Portraits taken by Andy Warhol with his Polaroid Camera in the 70s & 80s

Andy Warhol's silkscreens of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor went on to become some of the most famous artworks of all time. We are less familiar, though, with the Polaroids that the artist used as his reference.

Now an important part of his archive in their own right, the candid shots of some of the world's most famous stars have been made the subject of a new exhibition at New York's Danziger Gallery.

The portraits, taken by Warhol with his Polaroid Big Shot Camera in the Seventies and Eighties, include leading lights from the world of music, movies and sport, from Liza Minelli and John Lennon to Arnold Schwarzenegger to Muhammad Ali.

Warhol himself even appeared in some Polaroids, from his Fright Wig of 1986

to an untitled self-portrait in which he wears make-up

Debbie Harry, 1980

Diana Ross, 1981

Diane Von Furstenberg, 1984

Dolly Parton, 1985

Dorothy Hamill poses with an ice skate in 1977

Senator Edward Kennedy, 1979

Gianni Versace, 1980

Joan Collins, 1985

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a basketball in 1978

Keith Haring, 1986

Liza Minelli, 1977

OJ Simpson, 1977

Pelé, 1977

Tina Turner, 1974

Willie Shoemaker, 1977

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1977

Muhammad Ali, 1977

John Lennon, 1971

Yoko Ono, 1971

Tatum O'Neal, 1986

Tom Seaver, 1977

Truman Capote, 1977

Jerry Hall, 1984

Ryan O’Neal, 1971

Giorgio Armani, 1981

Jack Nicklaus, 1977

Jane Fonda, 1982

Chris Evert with a tennis racquet in 1977

(via Mail Online)

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