Turning the camera on Andy Warhol

The current exhibition at Galerie Faider is Warhol by Christopher Makos.

Christopher Makos was a young, aspiring photographer when he moved to New York City in the early 1970s.

Makos describes his younger self as a gorgeous blond kid from Southern California, and he was soon attracting the attention of the gay men who were the movers and shakers of New York’s art world.

Makos was introduced to Andy Warhol at an exhibition of Warhol’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art. From there, the gorgeous blond kid from Southern California embedded himself within Warhol’s inner-circle.

Throughout that period, Makos kept his camera busy – accumulating a wealth of images that capture iconic moments from this seminal period of pop art and celebrity culture.

The photos have now been published as a book – chronicling a decade of Warhol, from 1977 to 1987.

A selection of 17 of the photos are presented as an exhibition that can be experienced at Galerie Faider.

Who was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol was an artist, director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that emerged in the 1960s.

Early life

Born in 1928 and raised in Pittsburgh, Warhol initially pursued a career as a commercial illustrator.

New York

Warhol moved to New York City to pursue his art.

His studio in New York City – The Factory – became a well-known gathering place that brought together celebrities and the creative community.

In the late 1960s, he managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground, and also founded Interview magazine.

Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable.

Personal life

Warhol’s sexuality as a gay man was part of his persona. Publicly, he projected an image of himself as almost asexual, but he had a number of significant relationships over the years.

Significant men in Warhol’s life included John Giorno, Billy Name, Charles Lisanby, Jon Gould, and Jed Johnson.

While he was celebrated for his iconic pop-culture and celebrity portrait images, Warhol had a particular passion for erotic photography and male nudes. He also made underground erotic films such as Blow Job, My Hustler, and Lonesome Cowboys – films that draw from gay underground culture and explore the complexity of sexuality and desire. Many of his films premiered in gay porn theatres.

Warhol died in 1987, he was 58. He died following complications after gallbladder surgery.

Warhol by Christopher Makos is presented by Galerie Faider until 13 March