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April 29, 2013

Andy Warhol Holding a Polaroid of Andy Warhol, 1980

A photograph by portraitist Bill Ray of Andy Warhol, standing in front of the 20x24 Polaroid Camera and holding a Polaroid of himself in 1980.

Bill Ray captured this “double portrait” of Andy Warhol holding a Polaroid of Andy Warhol, back in 1980.

Warhol was a famous enthusiast of the instant cameras, although he’s best known for favoring the “junky” Polaroid Big Shot, which he would bring to parties, gallery openings and museums.

In 1947 Edwin Land, the visionary founder of Polaroid, unveiled the world’s first instant camera — a triumph of innovation that would go on to revolutionize photography. Land’s invention helped democratize photography for the everyday hobbyist and tourist. But as Christopher Bonanos documents in his book Instant: The Story of Polaroid, they also captured the imagination of some of the 20th century’s most important artists.

“Polaroid looks different than other photography, much in the way of Kodachrome, with its own color palette and characteristics,” said Bonanos. “There was no grain in the larger 8×10 or 20×24 formats, for example.”


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