Perhaps the fine artist most known for Polaroid use, Andy Warhol used Polaroid to capture quick, casual glimpses into the lives of him and his friends (some of the most famous celebrities of their time). The speed and ease of Polaroid allowed Warhol to capture candid, intimate portraits of these seemingly inapproachable stars; a vulnerable honesty that would undoubtedly be lost in a formal photoshoot setting.
Though Warhol’s Polaroids were meant as artistic experimentation for his larger silkscreen portraits, rather than artwork for exhibition, they have been shown all over the country, from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Poughkeepsie, New York, gaining attention after the artist’s death in 1987. They are often exhibited on a more intimate scale than his more notable silkscreens, offering audiences that may not have access to Warhol’s larger oeuvre the chance to peek into the life of the great Pop artist.
Discussion of Warhol's Polaroid works
Discussion of how the Polaroids relate to his larger oeuvre
About the artist
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is an American Pop Artist best known for his silkscreen works sourced from low culture and advertising imagery. Additionally, the artist produced a number of films, photographs, and prints as complements to his artistic practice which incorporates elements of mechanical and mass production. Warhol’s oeuvre features some of the most important figures of the 20th Century as subjects.
For works such as this Bianca Jagger portrait, Warhol used Polaroid film to capture quick, casual glimpses into the lives of him and his friends (some of the most famous celebrities of their time). In his own words, "A picture means I know where I was every minute. That's why I take pictures. It's a visual diary."