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April 11, 2022

Polaroids by Maripol

Born 1957 in Rabat, Morocco, Maripol is an artist, film producer, fashion designer and stylist. She was brought up in France, moving to New York City at the age of 19 in 1976 with her then-boyfriend Edo Bertoglio. Within a year, she was working as a designer at Italian fashion label Fiorucci, where she would soon become art director.

Maripol took her first Polaroid with an SX-70 camera in 1977. She photographed the characters frequenting Studio 54, including Andy Warhol, Steve Rubell, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, and Grace Jones. Her photographs of the Mudd Club have been exhibited at the Rizzoli and Earl McGrath galleries in Manhattan and published in V magazine.

Maripol has had an influence on the looks of influential artists such as Madonna and Grace Jones. As part of the 1980s New York downtown scene, she captured the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Debbie Harry with her Polaroid camera. Maripol also produced films, most notably Downtown 81.

These Polaroids are part of her work that Maripol took portraits of the 1980s New York downtown characters from the late 1970s and 1980s.

Selfie with Grace Jones

Andy Warhol

Anna Schroeder

Anya Phillips

Chia and Toshi, The Plastics Band

Deborah Harry

Edwige Belmore and Bianca Jagger 

Edwige

Futura 2000

Grace Jones

Hal Ludacer and Steven Meisel

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Joey Arias

Keith Haring and Debi Mazar

Kiri T.

Klaus Nomi

Lisa Rosen and Anna Schroeder

Madonna

Maripol and Madonna 

Maripol Selfie (painted Polaroid)

Maripol

Robert Latuna

Sade and Edwige Belmore

Sade

Toukie Smith




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