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.