Andy Warhol

In the 1960s and 1970s, many artists are attracted by the photobooth, fascinated by the idea of assigning the realization of their works to a machine. In June 1963, Andy Warhol organizes his first shooting in a photobooth for the portrait of New-York art collector, Ethel Scull. A selection of these photobooth images become silkscreen prints and Ethel Scull 36 Times is one of Warhol’s first successes. A photobooth is then set up at the Factory, enabling Warhol to realize a large number of series of photobooth portraits of him, friends or celebrities. The device of the photobooth strip also inspires him the Screen Tests. These “living portraits” are black and white silent short movies, projected in slow motion, and show characters standing still while fixing the camera. As in the case of André Breton, the archives of Andy Warhol hold several hundreds of these photobooth strips of all the major key figures visiting the Factory. (Credit: Frances Lewis © Collection The Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation / 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)