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March 27, 2022

Amazing Polaroids of Diana Ross Taken by Andy Warhol

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.” – Andy Warhol
Warhol, the Pop artist who created some of the most iconic art of the 20th century, could’ve literally been speaking about Instagram. He once stated, “In the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes,” and how right he was. These Polaroids presaged the era of social media and they could’ve been its calling card.

Using a Polaroid Big Shot and an SX-70 cameras, Warhol made thousands of instant photographs. He used them in many ways: to document his art and aid in his drawing for ads, take snapshots of friends and celebrities, make self-portraits, and create portraits that would become studies for silkscreen prints and paintings. Polaroids also served as a starting point for commercial work, such as album covers and advertisements. Still many other snapshots were simply part of Warhol’s quotidian visual diary—like sketches of the people who passed through his daily life.

Here, some amazing Polaroid portraits of Diana Ross, former lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes, taken by Andy Warhol from the early 1980s:


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