Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, ‘Large Flower Painting’

Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, ‘Large Flower Painting’

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© David McCabe
New York, U.S.A. 1965
Silver gelatin archival print hand signed by the photographer

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

‘I had no real idea who Andy was,’ McCabe admits. ‘It was 1964 and he was just starting out really. He took a look at my photos and said that he wanted someone to document his life.’ David McCabe

What persuaded Andy Warhol to trust McCabe as his personal photographer? According to the now 74-year-old, it was simply down to a chance combination of time, place and style. The year was 1964, the town was Manhattan and having moved from Leicester to New York at the turn of the decade, McCabe had slowly developed a magazine presence that caught the eye of an artist on the verge of superstardom.

'In 1964, David McCabe landed the commission of a lifetime, he just didn’t know it yet. A then-relatively unknown artist and illustrator named Andy Warhol was looking for a photographer he felt comfortable with to follow him for a year. The job fell to 24-year-old McCabe, an ex-arts student and photographer from Leicester, England. McCabe had recently moved to New York City at the encouragement – and funding – of his employer back home. McCabe’s own studio was a short walk from the now-infamous Silver Factory at 231 E 47th Street. Warhol, who had possibly seen the amateur’s images in magazines such as LIFE and Mademoiselle, liked his style – but McCabe was asking: ‘Who is Andy Warhol?’ Ashleigh Kane for Dazed

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