Saturday, November 2, 2013

Portraits of Andy Warhol with a Giant Sunflower, 1981

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. The artist was already at a comfortably legendary point in September 1981, when by chance, a young English photographer was connected with him to shoot a series of portraits. That photographer was Steve Wood and, for the past 30 years he thought little of this brief project until a friend uncovered the photos.

Steve Wood shot the photos in 1981 at La Belle Époque style Royal Hotel in the French town of Deauville. Filing the 35mm negatives under 'W', the images lay undisturbed in a cabinet until 2012.

Using natural light, Wood caught the characteristically shy Warhol facing the camera lens with an unflinching gaze, alongside a sunflower and backpack as props.
"I was attending the Deauville Film Festival and bumped into my old friend Elaine Kaufman from New York, she was with Andy and introduced us, she immediately said that I should photograph Andy but I was working on two other shoots while at the festival.

It took a few days for me to agree and after we had lunch together, I was very honest and said that I wasn't a big fan of his work and preferred more classical art including Van Gough and the Impressionists. I said that I could photograph him with this in mind and he was happy to give me full access during our shoot together." Wood told Huffington Post in an interview.

- Lost Then Found - Portraits of Andy Warhol by Steve Wood

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