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A Lost Archive? Billy Name's Negatives of Warhol's Factory Are Missing

Posted By Administration, Saturday, January 9, 2010
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

For seven years, beginning in late 1963, when Warhol gave him a 35-millimeter Honeywell Pentax camera, Billy Name was the resident photographer of the Factory, capturing the perpetual swirl of superstars, celebrities and hangers-on.

The pictures provide rare documentation of nearly every aspect of Warhol's world.

But sometime in the last two years, Mr. Name's archive of negatives went missing. Mr. Name left it in the care of a photography agent, Kevin Kushel, a former director of The Associated Press's photo archive, and whom Mr. Name said he had not been able to contact for months. The disappearance of the negatives has alarmed not just Mr. Name but also scholars, who describe the images as an important historical record of a pivotal time in art history.

Read the complete article in The New York Times.

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