How Different Photographers Approach the Same Subject – 12 Portraits of Andy Warhol

An established photographer has his or her own style. It’s no surprise that this is what makes each artist and their work unique. To underscore this point one only need to dig through image archives once in a while to see how different photographers have interpreted the same subject. The findings are powerful.

Photographs of people are best for this exercise, and perhaps no subject is more alluring than Andy Warhol, who–perfect for our analysis– was photographed by so many of the great image makers of 20th century. Below are some classic shots from Mapplethorpe, Avedon and Weegee, and a unique peek into some lesser known Warhol images…many of which he shot of himself.

In Cincinnati? With Pug dogs? In drag? A taste of the ’80’s, an icon, a Polaroid.

Note the remarkable differences–and the similarities–of each of the photos below, AND what each image says or doesn’t say. One subject, many different results.

Robert Mapplethorpe, 1986

Richard Avedon, 1969

Weegee, 1965

Stephanie Chernikowski, 1984

Bernard Gotfryd, 1980's

Nancy Schiff, 1981

Herve Gloaguen, 1966

Self Portrait, 1979

Self Portrait, 1979

Self Portrait in Drag

Self Portrait in Drag

Self Portrait in Drag

Self Portrait in Drag

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