ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)

Self-Portraitc. 19734 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.(10.8 x 11.43 cm) Polaroid
Private Collection, Puerto Rico
Andy Warhol carried a Polaroid camera as a relentless chronicler of life and its encounters from the late 1950s until he died in 1987. The vast collection of Polaroids he amassed are spontaneous, unpolished, often raw, and serve as a chronicle of his time, similar to how Instagram reflects our current era. Another person could have taken this self-portrait, creating a thinly veiled proposition asking the viewer to accept it as a self-portrait, or perhaps it was achieved solely by Warhol using an external self-timer accessory. It is a portrait that celebrates the device upon which Warhol's life essentially turned, a carefully staged homage to his relationship with the Polaroid camera.