Self Portrait, 1963

"The reason why I'm painting this way is that i want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do"  (Andy Warhol)

This photo-booth strip is one of Warhol's earliest experiments with photography, a medium that increasingly dominatated his art during his peak years of innovation from 1962 to 1968.  

Warhol was inspired to use the photobooth after being commissioned by Harper's Bazaar magazine to provide images for an article in the april 1963 issue entitled "New Faces, New Forces".

 

 

For Warhol, the photobooth represented a quintessentially modern intersection of mass entertainment and private self contemplation.  The serial, mechanical nature of the strips provided Warhol with an ideal model for his aesthetic of detachment and instant celebrity.

Collection Premiere Heure acquired this work in 1996.

Exhibition history: "Derrière le rideau - l' esthétique photomaton" organized by Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne (2012), travelled to Botanique, Brussels (2012) and Kunst Haus, Vienna (2013)