Andy Warhol's instant portraits redefined not only photography but also pop culture. Through the partnership of Fotagrafiska New York with Hedges Projects, Warhol's iconic photography radiates across the Internet through the online exhibition Warhol: Photographs.
Launched on 29 June in celebration of Pride Month, the exhibition recalls Warhol's studies and visual perusal of gender and identity through the two series Sex Parts and Torsos and Ladies and Gentlemen. The people in Warhol's portraits consist of those active of the LGBTQIA+ movement during the 1970's. In both series, Warhol used his Polaroid camera.
The white frames became a defining part of his aesthetic, and the pop of colors influenced his artwork across mediums. Jim Hedges of the Hedges Project believes that his photography was a key component of his style.
"Warhol used a camera every day of his life to record his activities and friends as well as for part of the creative process. While the Polaroid portraits are recognized as the most iconic of Warhol’s photo-based works, it is undeniable that the unique silver gelatin prints Warhol took between 1976 and 1987 feature a personal view of the artist’s life and sensibilities that is not found elsewhere.”
Sex Parts and Torsos feature cropped shots of Warhol's models in nude. It has also become an intersection of art and pornography due to Warhol's raw explicit style on showing the body parts. Meanwhile, Ladies and Gentlemen celebrate and feature icons and spearheads of the LGBTQIA+ movement, most especially of Black and Latinx models and drag queens. Drag queen and transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, one of the prominent figures of the Stonewall uprising in 1969, is one of the gems found in his exhibition as they dedicate Warhol's image to her lifework.
The exhibition is open for anyone around the world, keen to learn Warhol's views and scenery, and the people that made up his world.
Visit the exhibition now at Fotografiska New York.