ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)

Self Portrait1963-647 3/4 x 1 1/2 in.(19.69 x 3.81 cm) gelatin silver print
Sotheby's London
Private Collection, Puerto Rico
Andy loved the photo booth. It was a machine, not a person, taking the pictures. It provided instant gratification and aligned with Warhol's fascination with authenticity and the candid moments in life, and as the present example proves, private moments filled with genuine moments of sheer fun and unguarded enjoyment. Andy often coaxed people to his favorite 42nd St. Photo booth, where the sitter would conjure up their best movie star impression, and Warhol would produce multiple images in various color combinations. The first of Warhol's thousands of commissioned portraits was of Ethel Scull, a mosaic of thirty-six silkscreened images taken in a 42nd Street picture booth near Times Square. He coaxed the art collector to do her best movie star impressions there. By the 1970s, commissioned portraits were a solid portion of his income.