Ron Rivlin, May 25, 2016
Some never before seen photos of Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Lou Reed will soon be published! The photos were taken by photographer Larry Fink back in 1966 for the East Side Review. However, they were never published due to the publication’s bankruptcy.
Most of these photos were taken in the Lower East Side of New York City, including Warhol’s studio, The Factory. Many of Warhol and Reed’s friends were involved, such as Superstar Ingrid Bergman, John Cale, Gerard Malanga, Sterling Morrison, and Susanna Campbell. Children from a local school are also featured in some of the shots, as well as a local butcher who agreed to pose for a photo in his bloody apron. According to Fink, “[The photo shoot] was a larky shoot [and] spontaneous.” He also refered to some of the images as conceptual photographs, contending that “these guys represented for me not avant-garde but really arrière-garde. They were far behind the black revolution. So in the schoolyard, I thought I’d have the kids overthrow them. I told Andy and Gerard to walk around in fashion-y poses, and I yelled for the children to attack them. If there had been 150,000 kids, it would have been sort of like Battleship Potemkin, but there wasn’t – there were only 15. So my grand scheme of revolution as miniaturized. But still: I was pulling a fast one on them, in a way. And Andy never forgot me after that.”
Fortunately, these photos are finally being released. The images will be published by Damiani in Winter of 2017 and you can view some of them below!