Fifty years after their original publication, why is the world still fascinated by photos taken inside Andy Warhol’s Factory? The obvious answer would be to say there’s an interest in seeing the famous artist in his work space, but it is more than that. The Factory was not only the epicenter for one of the most important artistic movements of the twentieth century, but the hub of New York’s social scene as well. From Yoko Ono to Marcel Duchamp to Mama Cass, everyone was drawn to Warhol.
Warhol’s allure has been successfully captured in Stephen Shore’s new book, Factory: Andy Warhol, which features candid photos of Warhol in the Factory as well as many of his celebrity visitors. Through these photos we are privy to a behind the scenes look at the production of some of Warhol’s most famous creations and events.
Shore says that while shooting these photos, just the mere observation of Warhol in the Factory changed him and lead him to think differently about his function as an artist. He claims that Warhol, “awakened my sense of aesthetic thought”. Perhaps this is what caused such a wide array of people to be drawn to him during his life, and why we will never be over Andy Warhol, even today.