Steve Schapiro: Andy Warhol and Friends

Steve Schapiro, Blake Gopnik, 2022
Hardcover in acrylic slipcase, with tipped-in plates of Warhol artworks 236 pages
Publisher: Taschen
ISBN: ISBN 978-3-8365-9151-5
Dimensions: 26.3 x 37.3 cm
Documented by legendary photojournalist Steve Schapiro, this limited edition book is a front-row view of Andy Warhol's relentless rise from a cult New York Pop artist to a 20th-century icon, comprising more than 120 photos. From working at the Factory to art openings and hanging out with his entourage, including the Velvet Underground in Los Angeles, witness Warhol at the peak of his creativity, cool, and cultural influence.

Collector's Edition of 600 copies (No. 101-700), each numbered and signed by Steve Schapiro.

Also available in two Art Editions (No. 1-100), each accompanied by a signed gelatin silver print.
In 1965, Steve Schapiro started documenting Andy Warhol for Life magazine: Warhol was cementing a reputation as an important Pop artist who drew his inspiration from popular culture and commercial objects. With his sunglasses, blond wig, and bland public utterances, Warhol was enigmatic, charismatic, intensely ambitious, and aware that to become a star, you needed the presence of people to document your ascent. Schapiro, also ambitious and hardworking, who in his own words "kept quiet and smiled a lot," was an ideal witness to Warhol's relentless rise from cult New York artist to 20th-century icon. Ironically, Life never published the story, so many of these images are seen here for the first time, scanned from negatives found deep in Schapiro's archive.

Between 1965 and 1966, Warhol was at his creative peak. In this period, Warhol turned his life into art and conceived the "Andy Warhol persona"-arguably his greatest masterpiece. Schapiro busily photographed Warhol and his entourage of superstars, including the legendary Edie Sedgwick and Nico, hanging out art openings,. making his underground movie Camp, working on his silkscreens at the Factory, and roaming the streets of New York. Schapiro was also present at the opening of Warhol's first museum retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, attended by a hyped-up crowd of thousands -the night where art's coolest new king was crowned and Andymania was born. The final stop on the Warhol express train is Los Angeles, where Andy exhibited his ironic Silver Clouds at the Ferus Gallery, stayed up with his gang atthe picturesque the Castle, and set up and filmed a performance by the cult band the Velvet Underground at the Trip.

Featuring more than 120 photographs, Schapiro's images are juxtaposed with tipped-in plates of original Warhol artworks exhibited during the period. The art works include Before and After, 4, 1962, Colored Campbell's Soup Can, 1965, S&H Green Stamps, 1965, One Dollar Bills (Fronts), 1962, 100 Cans, 1962, Flowers, 1965, Shot Red Marilyn, 1964, Elvis I and II [Elvis Diptych] [Ferus Type], 1963-64, Green Disaster # 2 (Green Disaster Ten Times), 1963, White Disaster (White Car Crash 19 Times), 1963, and many others. Also featuring an interview with Steve Schapiro, who passed away in early 2022, and an essay and extended captions by official Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik. Andy Warhol and Friends 1965-1966 is a definitive portrait of a groundbreaking artist at a transformative period in postwar American culture.


Steve Schapiro's career as a freelance photojournalist started with a story on Arkansas migrant workers that made the cover of the The New York Times Magazine in 1961. Since then, his images have appeared in Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. In the 1970s, he began a second career as a successful publicity stills and movie poster photographer, working on classic films such as Taxi Driver, The Way We Were, and The Godfather-which can be seen in The Godfather Family Album (TASCHEN, 2008). In 2016, he collaborated with Lawrence Schiller on a Barbra Streisand book (TASCHEN) and in 2017, his Civil Rights photographs were combined with the text of James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time (TASCHEN). He died in 2022.


Blake Gopnik was the chief arts critic of The Washington Post between 2000-2010 and is a regular contributor to The New York Times. His definitive biography of the artist Warhol was published in 2020. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University.

Hardcover in acrylic slipcase, with tipped-in plates of Warhol artworks
Steve Schapiro: Andy Warhol and Friends
£ 850.00