Art à la Warhol (3) – The Photo Booth Portraits
This week I bring you “Art à la Warhol“. We’ll look into key works that give us a window to a particular point in his life and the experiences that brought about that expression. Then, we’ll do art projects to mimic the Warhol style.
Today I bring you “Warhol’s Photo Booth Portraits”. When Warhol took interest in this medium, it had already been in existence for over 40 years.
The Photo Booth was popularized in the 1920’s. People used it for its practical purpose. However, in the 1960’s, Andy Warhol explored its creative potential. He was fascinated by the fresh, spontaneous response of his subjects.
When Harper’s Bazaar commissioned Andy Warhol to do a layout for a feature on the arts in 1963, the artist turned to photobooths. The project launched a three-year obsession with the machines, resulting in images of himself, people he knew and famous faces of the era, as well as one of Warhol’s first commissioned portraits. Still the most cohesive reference on this period, “Andy Warhol Photobooth Pictures” was published in 1989 by the Robert Miller Gallery of New York to accompany an exhibition of the photo strips. (Info Source)
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Photo Booth Self-Portrait, 1963
This pair of photo-booth strips is one of Warhol’s earliest experiments with photography, a medium that increasingly dominated his art during his peak years of innovation from 1962 to 1968. For Warhol, the photo booth represented a quintessentially modern intersection of mass entertainment and private self-contemplation. In these little curtained theaters, the sitter could adopt a succession of different roles, each captured in a single frame; the resulting strip of four poses resembled a snippet of film footage. The serial, mechanical nature of the strips provided Warhol with an ideal model for his aesthetic of passivity, detachment, and instant celebrity. Here, Warhol has adopted the surly, ultracool persona of movie stars such as Marlon Brando and James Dean, icons of the youth culture that he idolized.
*These strips were owned by the collector Sam Wagstaff and, after his death, by his friend the artist Robert Mapplethorpe.
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à la Warhol Using Your Own Computer at Home
Photo Booth Mac Effects and Tips
Mac Photo Booth lets you take pictures with your home computer.
Photo Booth is a software application that lets you take photos and videos of yourself and friends with the built-in camera on your Mac. Photo Booth works on all Macintosh computers with a built-in camera. Photo Booth lets you add cool background effects to photos and videos. You can save these photos and videos to your hard drive and import them into other applications or email them to friends and family.