Factory Andy Warhol Book describes a personal selection of photographs from Shore’s collection. Warhol’s Factory was seen through the lens of one the most beloved practitioner’s photography, providing an insider’s view of this extraordinary moment and place.
Stephen Shore was 17 years old when he began hanging out at The Factory, Andy Warhol‘s legendary studio in Manhattan, between 1965 and 1967. Shore spent nearly every day there, taking pictures of its diverse cast of characters, from musicians to actors, artists to writers. Personalities like Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, and Nico, not to mention Andy Warhol himself, was the main target of Stephen’s eyes.
“I DON’T THINK I WAS EVER A NAIVE ARTIST, I WAS ALWAYS CULTURALLY AWARE, I FOLLOWED THE ART WORLD, PHOTOGRAPHY, CLASSIC MUSIC, AND ALL THE ART FROM A VERY EARLY AGE… AND I WAS AWARE THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHERS AND AUTHORS AROUND HAD MADE THEIR MARK AT A YOUNG AGE”
Many of his friends who visited the Factory also featured in his work. The first of the three studios that made up the Factory was known as the Silver Factory because of Billy Name, photographer and Andy Warhol’s lover, decorated the walls and ceiling with tin foil and silver paint. According to Glenn O’Brian, a journalist who worked with him, ‘Billy was the one Andy Warhol counted on’.
The Factory was famed for its groundbreaking parties. In the studio, Andy Warhol‘s workers would make silkscreens and lithographs under his direction.
“THERE HAS NEVER BEEN QUITE LIKE THIS PLACE. WE KNEW THAT ANDY WARHOL WAS AN IMPORTANT ARTIST, BUT I DON’T THINK ANYONE KNEW HOW HE WOULD BE VIEWED YEARS LATER”
By the time Warhol had achieved a reputation, he was working day and night on his paintings. Andy Warhol used silkscreens so that he could mass-produce images the way corporations mass-produced consumer goods.
To increase production, he attracted a ménage of adult film performers, drag queens, socialites, drug addicts, musicians, and free-thinkers who became known as the Warhol Superstars, to help him. These “art-workers” helped him create his paintings, starred in his films, and created the atmosphere for which the Factory became legendary. Factory Andy Warhol Book is the proof of this extraordinary experience of creating a life, based in one of a kind place.
“BEING GOOD IN BUSINESS IS THE MOST FASCINATING KIND OF ART. MAKING MONEY IS ART AND WORKING IS ART AND GOOD BUSINESS IS THE BEST ART ”