PHOTOS BY KAREN BYSTEDT
Three days ago I posted an article about the first limited edition print of Karen Bystedt’s “The Lost Warhols” (www.KarenBystedt.com) collection at the Amber Lounge Grand Prix Charity Fashion Event. That post – without images of the event – is still gaining a lot of traffic and it’s at the top of my views. So, in consideration of this huge attention, via e-mail I kindly asked Karen Bystedt for a pic about “The Lost Warhols” Collection. She personally replied forwarding me two images, that I’m glad to put on line. Someone said: “Don’t be afraid to ask”. I did so…
I’m so grateful to Karen Bystedt for this wonderful gift which I’m very glad to share with my readers and fellow bloggers. Thank you so much Karen! Your kindness is up to your enchanting and passionate art!
ABOUT “THE LOST WARHOLS”
Bystedt’s photographs, taken at “The Factory” in New York when she was 19 years old, are some of the most unique images ever captured of the famous pop artist.
In 1982, Bystedt was a film and photography student at NYU. After seeing pop art icon Andy Warhol in a Barney’s ad, she envisioned him as the ultimate male model and decided she wanted to photograph him. On a whim, Bystedt called Andy Warhol’s office, known as “The Factory”, and to her surprise, Andy himself picked up the phone. She told him about a book she was working on featuring the top male models in America, which she subsequently published, called “Not Just Another Pretty Face” (Plume/1983). After hearing about some of the famous male models she had in her roster, Andy was flattered and agreed to be pose for her. Andy’s secret desire was to be a model. Bystedt captured Warhol as he had never been seen before, posing for the camera and becoming the subject rather than the creator. Along with her photo session, she sat down with Andy for a candid interview where they discussed everything from fashion and politics, to Andy’s personal hopes, dreams, and icons. Commenting on the state of the world, Warhol told Bystedt, “In this country right now, since there’s no war on, everybody’s a beauty. It’s really scary. They’re here because they are not in the army.”
Bystedt kept her Andy Warhol photographs hidden from the world until now. Their sensational debut and the acquisition of one of the first of her rare prints by The Prince of Monaco has set the stage for collectors and fans of Andy Warhol all over the world. Bystedt is offering 44″ x 44″ limited edition prints and 24″ x 24″ box sets of “The Lost Warhols” that include ten unique prints as well as a proof sheet and quote sheets from her interview with Andy.
Please visit www.KarenBystedt.com to view “The Lost Warhols” Collection.
ABOUT KAREN BYSTEDT
Karen Bystedt is a photographer and author based in Los Angeles. What sets Bystedt apart from other celebrity photographers is her unique ability to see stars before they have risen, roles before they have been played, and to support those manifesting their dreams. In 1993, Bystedt published “Before They Were Famous”, a collection of intimate photographs and candid interviews with actors such as Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Courtney Cox, Lawrence Fishburne, Laura Dern, Patrick Dempsey and many more. She continues to work in print, editorial and advertising in Los Angeles.
- Never Before Seen Modeling Portraits of Andy Warhol Debut; First Print Acquired by Prince of Monaco (robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com)