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July 17, 2012

Before There Was Instagram, There Was Warhol: These Andy Warhol’s Celebrity Polaroids From the 1970s and '80s Are Better Than Your Instagrams

It may seem like a recent phenomenon, but Andy Warhol was an anomalous life logger in the 1960s, endlessly snapping Polaroids of the celebrities buzzing around him.

“My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person,” king of Pop Art Andy Warhol once said.

Carrying a Polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, he amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends, lovers, patrons, the famous, the obscure, the scenic, the fashionable, and himself.

The candid 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

Debbie Harry

Diana Ross

Dolly Parton

Farrah Fawcett

Diane von Furstenberg

Liza Minelli

Georgio Armani

Jane Fonda

Tatum O’Neal & John McEnroe

Dennis Hopper

Joan Collins

Martha Graham

Gianni Versace


Jean-Michel Basquiat

Audrey Hepburn

Sonia Rykiel

Diana Vreeland

Little Edie Beale


Yves Saint Laurent

Bianca Jagger

Carolina Herrera

John Lennon

Yoko Ona

Arnold Schwarzengger

Mick Jagger

Truman Capote

Paloma Picasso


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