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When they aren’t riding bicycles together
throughout New York City, photographers
Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg combine
their artistry to create unique images. Known
as the Hilton Brothers, this duo is named after
vaudevillians Violet and Daisy Hilton—a historic
reference that speaks to their creative alter ego.
But Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg are
equally accomplished as individuals. Makos is
known for his creative portraits, and Solberg’s
photography of flora and fauna has exhibited
03 May 2018
The Humble Fishing Town that Became a Hideaway for Warhol’
Christopher Makos shares photographs of Montauk, New York and reflects on how it became a hot-spot for the cultural elite of the 1970s
Back in 1971, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey purchased Eothen, a 12-hectare oceanfront estate on the Long Island shore for $225,000. A true East End landmark, Eothen was built in 1931 by American architect Stanford White as a fishing camp for the Church family of Montana, who used it for two weeks in September when the striped bass were running.
01 March 2018
How to obey your instinct as a photographer
A student of Man Ray and a member of Warhol’s Factory, Christopher Makos shares his experiences and the lessons he learned by working alongside great artists
Knowing that your gut reaction speaks the truth long before your mind has time to process the information, Makos brought this edict to every aspects of his work, from editing photographs to authoring 21 books. Among the tools of his trade was the Polaroid SX-70, the classic instamatic camera that revolutionised the photography world. With just one press of the button, you could take the shot and a print would emerge. It was the perfect embodiment of Man Ray’s faith in the intuitive process for creating art.
07 November 2017
This summer in Ukraine for the first time the works of world famous photographer Christopher Makos are presented. During a short visit to the beloved photographer Andy Warhol and his colleague on Hilton Brothers Paul Solberg, JS invited the participants of the creative duo to take part in his own art shoot
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This is our first visit to Kiev, to Ukraine, and this is a completely new experience for us. We just returned from France, before that we were in our native New York and now we fully experience the contrast of cultures - western and this one, it is very noticeable. Simply amazing! In such a variety, disagreement, it seems to me, and the essence of beauty lies. In the opportunity to learn different views and in this diversity find beauty. Ukraine is an interesting country, you have an extremely difficult location: you are at the junction of two worlds, so conflicts will always be there, however sad it may be.
Before coming here I did not hear much about Ukraine, mostly I read articles in our newspapers about Maidan and all this complicated situation. The American editions of Kiev always called brand-new spot (a brand new place -. Ed.. ) On the European map. And it's true, there are a lot of fresh ideas, a mix of several cultures, a unique syncretism, in which the latest social and cultural trends and a thousand-year history are closely intertwined. At the same time, we are also interested in this special, post-Soviet color, inherent only in Eastern Europe. This is something unusual for us: the Western world still developed quite differently. We had the 50's with their vivid rock and roll spirit, while here life was flowing in a different way. And this is part of your unique, complex history.
The presence of tolerance in society always depends on what people have, and what they do not have. Do they have freedom of thought and choice? Is there a self-awareness, width of view? Do they have the experience of being open? Post-Soviet society, unlike the western one, is much more taboo, there are many more prohibitions in it. For example, the story of gay parades is not based solely on sexual orientation, primarily on the history of freedom and unity. Similar events in Madrid or the same New York - it's always an incredible action. You do not need to identify yourself with gay or straight, to participate in it. All that is necessary is to be human. Love has no boundaries, just like religion or any other beliefs.
12 August 2017
Summer Travel Special | Flying the Concorde with Christopher
Cruise eight miles above the earth at twice the speed of sound with photographer Christopher Makos aboard the legendary Concorde jet airliner.
07 July 2017
Christopher Makos on How Andy Warhol Created the First Socia
Photographer and artist Christopher Makos’s world collided with Andy Warhol’s at a dinner party in 1976. Andy was intrigued by Makos’s use of the 35mm camera, his ability to compose a shot, and his knack for being aware of the perfect picture about to happen. Makos, for his part, became close friends with Warhol gaining footing in Warhol’s inner circle and even accompanying the artist on his travels and social outings. Thus, their photographic work began to overlap and they often influenced each other up until Warhol’s untimely death in 1987.
29 June 2017
'The First Social Network'
Polaroids: 'The First Social Network'
1947 Harvard dropout Edwin Land unveils the first Polaroid camera. Polaroids were the first social network. You’d take a picture, and someone would say, “I want one, too,” so you’d give it away and take another. People shared Polaroids the way they now share information on social media. Of course, it was more personal, because you were sharing with just one person, not the entire world.
23 June 2017
Portraiture in the Modern Age
For centuries, the commissioned portrait stood as a measure of wealth, status, and taste. Today, amid a visual cacophony of selfies, the artist-rendered portrait has again become a coveted imprimatur among the financial and cultural elite. But whether in Piero della Francesca’s diplomatic decision to paint the one-eyed Duke of Urbino in profile or Gustav Klimt’s habit of sleeping with his subjects, the relationship between artist and patron has always been fraught. How much creative control must an artist relinquish in exchange for patronage?
Photographer Christopher Makos, who has created life-size head-to-toe “Stand-Up” portraits for the past 40 years, also takes pains to put his subjects at ease. “The bottom line is I try to make it flattering,” he says. But he adds, “One lesson I learned from Dalí is don’t show the portrait to the person before it’s done.”
21 June 2017
A KALTBLUT exclusive interview with our favourite internet sensation Candy Ken and photographer Christopher Makos. Styled by fashion icon Nicola Formichetti for KALTBLUT. I had a chat with Candy Ken and Christopher about their shooting, working with icons like Nicola Formichetti, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Harry or Candy Ken himself. Special thanks to Diesel. Make up by Maki Ryoke. Hair by Sean Bennett.
23 January 2017
New York Times
生于马萨诸塞州的Christopher Makos定居纽约已有40余年，却依旧保留着骑自行车探索这座城市的习惯。他笑称自己完全不知道怎么搭地铁，因此总在工作室门外停着一辆自行车。1970年代到80年代，他也总是骑车从自己位于西村的寓所前往安迪·沃霍尔（Andy Warhol）名为“工厂”的工作室。
在工厂里，Makos和沃霍尔展开了对彼此艺术生涯都极具启发性的摄影合作，他将这段合作形容成了一场“仿佛可以永远进行下去的约会”。虽然在1960年代，沃霍尔已经使用宝丽来相机拍摄过一些影像，但摄影在这位艺术家当时的创作中始终处于边缘位置。Makos的出现让沃霍尔意识到了摄影作为艺术手法的可能性。1976年，即沃霍尔与Makos相识的那一年，这位艺术家正在苏黎世旅行，瑞士艺术经销商Thomas Ammann向他展示了那时最新潮的美乐时（Minox）35EL相机，那是当时最小巧便利的35毫米胶片相机。沃霍尔瞬间就被迷住了：“这太棒了，简直像007特工詹姆斯·邦德（James Bond）用的相机。”然而美乐时35EL那时在苏黎世已完全售罄。离开苏黎世抵达德国波恩后，沃霍尔立即前往摄影器材店购买了这部相机，这是他的第一台35毫米胶片相机。Makos则教会了沃霍尔如何使用它。
10 August 2016
The Polaroid SX-70 was the instagram of day, and both Andy and myself believed in the immediacy of the medium, it was, and still the classic, "of the moment" way to capture our lives
24 September 2015
Portraits of an Era, Polaroid Collage #1, 1975-1984
We would like to announce the release of a new photographic Collage by Christopher Makos. Makos has curated a collection of Male and Female Nudes and Portraits of iconoclastic characters in the Warhol circle from 1975-1984. This Collage depicting (81) SX-70 Polaroids represents a compilation of selected Warhol companions in one frame – essentially an exhibition of his Polaroids in one frame. This Archival Pigment Print is signed, titled, dated, and made in a limited edition of 15 prints.
15 July 2015
FREE MAGAZINE SEPT 2015
Working with Nicola Formichetti, the man who created the meat dress for Lady Gaga, and is the design director for DIESEL, and UNIGLO brought this amazing project to me. In the issue of FREE magazine, my colaboration with Nicola is clearly realized, and the work stands on its own.
24 September 2015
Makos by Makos Janus 1976
White Trash Stonehill 1977
Schiker Schund Rogner & Bernhard 1978
Warhol Makos Virgin Books 1989
Makos Men Pohlmann Press 1996
Makos St. Martin’s Press 1997
Absolute Makos Bruno Gmunder 2000
Andy Warhol Assouline 2001
Christopher Makos La Comunitat Valenciana Generalitat Valenciana, Consellería de Cultura i Educació, 2002
Exhibitionism powerHouse 2004
Warhol Memoir Charta 2004
Equipose Glitterati 2005
Andy Warhol In China Timezone 8 2008
Warhol Makos In Context powerhouse 2009
Christopher Makos Polaroids Photology 2009
Lady Warhol La Fabrica 2010
White Trash Uncut 2014
Christopher Makos: An American View of Spanish Culture IVAM Center 2001
Mistaken Identity 2009
Pop life: Art in a Material World Tate Modern 2010
Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists Fifty Years Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012
Other Selected Publications
The Andy Warhol Diaries Warner Books 1989
Vested Interests Routledge 1992
Not Simply Divine Simon and Schuster 1994
Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art Penguin Books 1999
Puppies Behind Bars Glitterati 2006
Weder Haut noch Fleisch: das Inkarnat in der Kunstgeschichte Gebr. Mann, 2007
Andy Warhol "Giant" Size Phaidon Press- 2009
Proust/Warhol: Analytical Philosophy of Art Peter Lang 2009
Photography, Cinema, Memory: The Crystal Image of Time University of Minnesota Press 2009
Warhol: The Biography Da Capo Press 2009
Tyrants and Lederhosen La Fabrica 2010
Children of Marx and Coca-Cola: Chinese Avant-Garde Art University of Hawaii Press 2010
The Mammoth Book of Gorgeous Guys Running Press 2011
Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger Simon and Schuster 2012
Tattoos Hornets and Fire Glitterati 2012
American Graffiti Parkstone International 2012
21 March 2014
Glitteratti ISBN 978-0-9913419-4-8
Black and White Monograph
Internationally renowned photographer Christopher Makos compiles here the finest of his black and-white photography shot over the past 40 years. With startling innovation and an eye for the cutting edge, Makos has made an extraordinary contribution to modern photography, continuously pushing the boundaries of his medium.
"Best Photobooks of the year 2014" American Photo
A denizen of Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1970s and ’80s, Makos hobnobbed with Liz and Mick, Bowie and Basquiat; his glam photos from the period mix casual chic with élan. He also captures cool slices of mundanity (for jet-setters, that is). Lots of cute dogs and ponies, too.
“Makos is widely considered the most important and gifted photographer of his generation.”
– Dotson Rader
“His eye is hungrier than any I have ever seen, and what results is a body of work of incredible
breadth, imagination and poetry.”
– Calvin Klein
01 September 2014
WHITE TRASH uncut
Glitteratti April 2014
Christopher Makos creates classics. That’s the easiest way to put it. The photographer’s works have been found in prestigious museums, displayed in the most sought-after private collections (think Gianni Versace and Malcolm Forbes) and in the pages of books that always stay at the very top of coffee table piles.
In 1977, Makos’ White Trash was published and it established him as the pioneer in capturing the emerging punk scene. The gem of a book became instantly loved by all who flipped through its pages, and eventually sold for $500 online. Now, the man who once apprenticed with Man Ray is releasing a new version entitled White Trash Uncut, published by Glitterati Incorporated. Within its pages you’ll find the portraits of his good friend Andy Warhol, Tennessee Williams, Halston, John Paul Getty III, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Zandra Rhodes, Divine, Lance Loud, and Marilyn Chambers, among many others. It features 25 photographs that were not included in the original book, and words by Andrew Crispo and Peter Wise.
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