The Questionnaire : Christopher Makos
The Magic of the Image
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Christopher Makos grew up in California before moving to New York after high school. He later moved to Paris where he studied architecture and worked for a time as an apprentice to Man Ray. In 1969, he decided to return to New York to take up photography in a serious way, but this activity was very expensive at the time. Christopher Makos had to sell his images to be able to continue making them. Rolling Stone magazine was his first client.
He also organized his first exhibition, “Step On It”, at 492 Broome Street. He presented photographs spread out on the gallery floor, covered with sheets of Plexiglas – allowing visitors to literally walk on his photographs. Bob Colacello, at the time editor of Interview magazine, which was owned by Warhol, attended the exhibition and subsequently arranged for Christopher to meet Andy at Warhol’s Factory. This meeting allowed the photographer to join the Interview Magazine team. The latter, attracted by the fact that photography is faster than painting, explored this new medium thanks to Christopher Makos. On his side, he further developed his style, a mixture between art and photojournalism with a more graphic touch.
Carole ShmitzThe Eye of Photography
Chris Makos’ Hedonistic Portraits of New York’s Art Scene
Photographer Chris Makos spent years capturing the city’s brightest stars, with Andy Warhol as one of his closest collaborators – here, he shares his intimate memories of the artist
Andy in Nature
The “king of Pop art” was one of Christopher Makos’s favorite subjects. “Andy just wanted to be pretty. He wanted to be one of the cool kids,” Makos told AIR MAIL. “He wanted to fit in, and he never considered himself attractive or handsome, or pretty, so in the case of the modeling, he was really great … you could see his naïveness in front of the camera
The photographer who travelled the globe with Warhol Andy in nature
Andy in nature
A new exhibition shows a different side to the enigmatic pop artist, away from the Factory and immersed in the natural world.
Throughout his life, Andy Warhol crafted an enigmatic pubic persona, one that established a firm boundary between his love of celebrity and his need for privacy. As a result, our perception of Warhol is a bit askew, not unlike his famous wig.
My desk is the center of my universe. It’s the heartbeat of where everything ultimately gets decided! It is where my past, my present, and the not-too-distant future collide—where the whole world can participate with what I do.
Photographer Chris Makos shares rare stories from his fabled photoshoots with An
Artist, publisher, filmmaker… model. A new photo book is set for release this month spotlighting the only collection of images featuring Andy Warhol as a model, captured by the trusted lens of his collaborator and close friend of a decade, the world-renowned photographer Chris Makos.
J.L. SirisukHERO magazine
Resurfaced pictures from Andy Warhol’s modelling portfolio
The photographer Christopher Makos and Andy Warhol were prolific collaborators before the latter’s death in 1987. They were close friends and admirers of each other’s work — Warhol learned his skills behind the camera from Christopher, and the two spent a decade or more together, in The Factory taking pictures, crossing continents, and meeting some of the most iconic artists of the era, like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Douglas Greenwoodi-D VICE
Previously unknown recordings: How Andy Warhol made a career as a model
US photographer Christopher Makos has published a book of portraits of Andy Warhol. The illustrated book shows a side of the artist that is little known: Warhol also worked as a model.
SNAP HAPPY IN SOUTHAMPTON: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRISTOPHER MAKOS AND PAUL SOLBERG ON
The Hiltons are coming to the Hamptons! No, not those Hiltons. (Although, Paris and Nikki have been known to summer Out East.) In this case, the anticipated arrival refers to photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg, who collaborate as “The Hilton Brothers”–named in tribute to two Siamese twins on the 1930s vaudeville circuit.
WARHOL BY CHRISTOPHER MAKOS
He was at the same time a witness and testimonial of the Pope of Pop Art . In front of his lens Andy Warhol found himself much more at ease than those of other photographers, for the simple reason that between Drella and Makos ( Christopher from Lowell , Massachusetts , born in 1948) there has always been trust , respect , lightness , joy , complicity . All this transpires from the photographic shots of the Warhol by Christopher Makos exhibition atGalerie Faider in Brussels , which act as an ideal counterbalance to the Warhol - The American Dream Factory exhibition , on the bill at the Musée de La Boverie in Liège until the end of February .
Stefano BianchiCOOL MAGAZINE
Photographer & Warhol Muse, Christopher Makos’ New Exhibit is REALLY “Dirty”
"A career overview featuring mostly unseen work from every stage of the artist’s life. Dirty features a selection of 40 vintage photographs, collages, and assemblages that celebrate the daring, decadent, and delectable moments of life with equal panache.”
Trey SpeegleThe WOW Report
Virtual Berlin Tour
For me, it was an opportunity to show an aspect of America that no longer is around. It’s been a real treat. I’ve enjoyed it and I hope the viewer enjoys it also.
American Ambassadors residence
Участник андерграунда 70-х Кристофер Макос: «Уорхол не был большим безумцем»
Кристофер Макос прославился еще в 1970-х годах своими фотографиями панк-сцены Нью-Йорка. После этого было знакомство с Энди Уорхолом, тусовки с Джоном Ленноном, Миком Джаггером и Дебби Харри, сотрудничество с Жан-Мишелем Баския и Китом Харингом. Макос был одним из тех, кто находился в самой гуще событий, — знакомство и дружба с главными людьми эпохи помогли ему сделать снимки, по которым теперь можно изучать историю.
Antoh LLeoetkoBIRD in FLIGHT
Ralph Pucci Plants His New Showroom in a 1920s Building in Hollywood
The legendary designer transplants his eponymous gallery in a sprawling building located at the epicenter of L.A.'s design scene
Mayer RusArchitectural Digest
5 Fashion Standbys That Were Invented in New York
Walter Hunt was an amazing tinkerer (improving the design of boot heels and shirt collars) and also terrible at business (helping invent the sewing machine and then failing to get paid properly until over two decades later).
Ian EpsteinNEW YORK MAGAZINE
"Portraits of an Era"
One Photographer Reveals: The SX-70 Was the Sexiest Camera of the ’70s & ’80s
Miss Sara RosenCRAVE
"Across Art and Fashion" at Ferragamo Museum
With his ubiquitous presence on the New York cultural scene at parties, vernissages, retrospectives and fashion shows, Warhol shaped the relationship linking art, fashion and celebrities as we know it today.
“I take photographs
because I have no memory”
His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including Paris Match and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including White Trash (1977), Warhol/Makos In Context (2007), Andy Warhol China 1982 (2007),Christopher Makos Polaroids (2009), and LADY WARHOL (2010). The Video
INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER MAKOS
かつてアンディ ウォーホルがそう呼び、公私ともに渡り交流のあったアメリカのフォトグラファー、クリストファー マコスをご存知だろうか？マサチューセッツ州に生まれ、1970年代にはパリでマン レイに師事し、その後アンディ ウォーホルやバスキアなどとともに NY のアートシーンをリードしていた人物。1970年代～1980年代の活気ある NY のアートシーンとともに歩み、今も尚人びとを魅了にする作品を生み出しているクリストファー マコスとは果たしてどのような人物なのか？今回、 RESTIR で期間限定発売が行われていたイタリアのファッションブランド PORTS 1961とのコラボレーションで実現したカプセル コレクションのローンチ / 作品展示に合わせて来日したクリストファー本人に、いくつかの質問を投げかけてみた。
COMMONS & SENSE
Andy Warhol Schlepped Here
What I Love | Christopher Makos
All the art in the photographer Christopher Makos’s modest four-room apartment in a six-story walk-up building in the West Village is by friends or fellow scene-makers, a roll call of the New York art world of the ’70s and ’80s: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Weber, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Donald Baechler, Keith Haring. Mr. Makos lives much as he did in that era, a bohemian who brushes his teeth in the kitchen sink because his bathroom has only a toilet and a cast-iron tub.