"A picture means I know where I was every minute. That's why I take pictures. It's a visual diary." - Andy Warhol
Warhol, the Pop artist who created some of the most iconic art of the 20th century, could've literally been speaking about Instagram. A new book, "ANDY WARHOL Polaroids 1958-1987," available August 2015, showcases many of the well-known artist's instant photos of friends, lovers, the obscure, the fashionable and of course, himself. Inside the pages of the book, viewers will find candid photos of the famous, including Jack Nicholson, Alfred Hitchcock and Audrey Hepburn, alongside still lifes of Cabbage Patch dolls and the iconic soup cans.
Warhol once stated "In the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes," and how right he was. These polaroids presaged the era of social media and they could've been its calling card.
Dennis Hopper 1970, Polacolor Type 108
Hopper, the "Easy Rider" star, put two bullets through Warhol's 1972 screenprint portrait of Mao Zedong, which he owned. In 2011, the portrait sold at Christie's for $302,500, more than 10 times its estimate, in some part due to the unique bullet holes.
The auction house reported that Hopper got spooked and "mistook the portrait on his wall for Mao himself and shot at it." Warhol considered the bullets holes part of a collaboration drawing circles around the holes, labeling one "warning shot" and the other other "bullet hole"
Divine 1974, Polaroid
Divine was an actor, singer and drag queen who garnered the stage name "Divine" from filmmaker John Waters. Waters called Divine "the most beautiful woman in the world, almost."
Divine starred in Waters' cult-classic "Pink Flamingos," a 300 pound drag queen in high heels, leopard skin dress and startling makeup.
Audrey Hepburn, 1973, Polaroid Type SX-70
Audrey Hepburn was a subject for Warhol's art with her image used in multiples in his silkscreen work.
Sandy Brant 1970, Polaroid Type 107
Sandra Brant and her then husband Peter worked with Warhol in the 1970s on the film "L'Amour" starring a young Karl Lagerfeld and several art publishing projects. Upon Warhol's death in 1987, Brant Publications purchased "Interview" magazine, founded by the artist.
Jack Nicholson 1972, Polacolor Type 108
Warhol socialized with many actors including Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Anjelica Huston.
Warhol once asked Nicholson to consider starring in a movie about the painter Jackson Pollock at the instigation of Ruth Kligman, Pollock's mistress.
Grace Jones appears on the cover of "ANDY WARHOL Polaroids 1958-1987"
One of the last great portraits produced by Warhol was of Jones -- a supermodel, pop star, Bond girl and artist's muse. Jones features in several works created by Warhol.
William Burroughs 1980, Polacolor Type 108
The American writer, with the pen name William Lee, was considered one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century impacting both pop culture and literature.
Yves Saint Laurent
Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, 1972, Polacolor Type 108
Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008 at 71, was one of the most celebrated designers of couture.
Candy Darling 1969, Polacolor Type 108
Darling, a trans woman, starred in Andy Warhol's films "Flesh" (1968) and "Women in Revolt" (1971). She was immortalized in the songs, "Candy Says" and "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed.
Jean-Michel Basquiat 1983, Polacolor ER
Basquiat and Warhol produced several collaborative canvasses in the mid-1980s. "It was like some crazy art-world marriage and they were the odd couple," Warhol's assistant Victor Bockris wrote in "Warhol: A Biography."
The relationship between Basquiat and Warhol was described as an "art-world bromance" by Vulture magazine.
Jed Johnson and Archie
Jed Johnson and Archie 1973, Polaroid Type SX-70
In 1973, Jed Johnson, Warhol's boyfriend, convinced him to get the dark bown, shorthaired dachshund puppy Archie. Warhol took Archie everywhere including Ballato's Restaurant on Houston Street in New York City where he'd feed Archie, hidden under a napkin. Archie was one of two dachshunds owned by Warhol; the other was named Amos.
Yves Saint Laurent and Bianca Jagger
Yves Saint Laurent and Bianca Jagger Venice 1973, Polaroid Type SX-70
Saint Laurent designed the wedding dress Bianca Jagger wore when she married Mick Jagger.
Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston
A spread from the book showing Polaroids of Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston alongside Warhol's still life photo of Brillo boxes.
Andy Warhol c. 1972 with his Polaroid camera.
Warhol was a relentless chronicler of life and his encounters. Warhol carried a Polaroid camera everywhere from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, creating a collection of over 20,000 instant photos.