Andy, Great Wall With Chinon,1982
Fiber-based silver gelatin print
14 in.  x 11 in. /36 cm.  x  28 cm.

Christopher Makos was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, grew up in California, and moved to New York after high school. He studied architecture in Paris and briefly worked as an apprentice to Man Ray. Andy Warhol, Makos’ good friend and frequent portrait subject, called Makos “the most modern photographer in America.” His “Altered Image” portrait of Warhol is in the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., and The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid. Makos’ photographs have been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum, New York,The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, The Tate Modern, London,The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the IVAM, Valencia (Spain), and the Hunan Provincial Museum, Changsha, China. 

In 1982, Makos traveled to Hong Kong with Andy Warhol for the opening of a club owned by Andrew Siu, who had commissioned Warhol to paint portraits of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Siu organized a three-day side trip to Beijing. Though Warhol had gone on a round-the-world trip in the late 50’s, he had never been to China. Makos took this photograph of Warhol with his ever-present Chinon “point-and-shoot” camera.

Courtesy of the artist


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