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ANDY WARHOL
[1928 – 1987] American painter, graphic artist and filmmaker
My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person. - Andy Warhol

Photographers feel guilty that all they do for a living is press a button. - Andy Warhol

When I started out, art was doing down the drain. The people who used to magazine illustrations and the covers were being replaced by photographers. And when they started using photographers, I started to show my work with galleries. Everybody also was doing window decoration. That led into more galleries. I had some paintings in a window, then in a gallery. - Andy Warhol

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do. - Andy Warhol

I take my camera everywhere. Having a few rolls of film to develop gives me a good reason to get up in the morning. - Andy Warhol

I wish I hadn’t made so many images. - Andy Warhol

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes. Even when the people in it do. - Andy Warhol

I just [take pictures] because the camera is something to carry around in my pocket. - Andy Warhol

[My vision of America is] a good vision. Actually the best is on TV. I wanted to shoot all the pictures off the TV. No one would have known the difference. - Andy Warhol

All photography is Pop, and all photographers are crazy... they feel guilty since they don’t have to do very much—just push a button. - Andy Warhol

I can’t bear to let all this beautiful talk go by. Everybody says... fantastic things. People are always putting it down as an invasion of privacy, but I think everyone should be bugged all the time... bugged and photographed. - Andy Warhol

Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves? - Andy Warhol

I get someone who is sort of famous as a photographer to do my printing. Then I don’t know whether it’s his picture or my picture. - Andy Warhol

During this period [1960s] I took thousands of Polaroids of genitals. Whenever somebody came up to the Factory, no matter how straight-looking he was, I’d ask him to take his pants off so I could photograph his cock and balls... Personally, I loved porno and I bought lots of it all the time—the really dirty, exciting stuff. All you had to do was figure out what turned you on, and then just buy the dirty magazines and movie prints that are right for you, the way you’d go for the right pills or right cans of food. - Andy Warhol

A picture just means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary. - Andy Warhol

... I started repeating the same image because I liked the way the repetition changed the same image. Also, I felt at the time, as I do now, that people can look at and absorb more than one image at a time. - Andy Warhol

I always try to make the person look good. It’s easier if you give somebody something back that looks like them. Otherwise, if I were more imaginative, it wouldn’t look like the person. - Andy Warhol

I’d gotten myself a 35mm camera and for a few weeks there I was taking photographs, but it was too complicated for me. I got impatient with the f-stops, the shutter speeds, the light readings, so I dropped it. - Andy Warhol - 1964

As for the paintings, the images I’ve used have all been seen before via the media. I guess they’re media images. Always from reportage photographs or from old books, or from four for a quarter photo machines. No, I don’t change the media, nor do I distinguish between my art and the media. I just repeat the media by utilizing the media for my work. I believe media is art. - Andy Warhol - 1964

But when you see a gruesome picture over and over again, it doesn’t really have any effect. - Andy Warhol - 1964

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