Andy Warhol Resources

Public Art UHS’ collection of 149 Andy Warhol (1928-87) photographs includes ninety-nine Polaroids and fifty black-and-white gelatin silver prints. Created by the artist from 1975 to 1985, the collection includes portraits of his friends, celebrities, and socialites as well as images of anonymous people and places Warhol encountered during his daily comings and goings in New York City and other locations. Among the iconic faces captured by the pop artist are Julian Schnabel, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Jamie Lee Curtis, and 1980s rock star Billy Squier.

The collection was donated to Public Art UHS in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through its Photographic Legacy Project, which launched in 2007 to provide greater access to Warhol’s less-known bodies of work. The project placed thousands of photos by Warhol in a number of educational institutions, including UH which received a curated selection of the artist’s original photos and prints.

This extensive selection of Warhol photos is open to researchers, scholars, and the general public at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. 

In 2022, Public Art UHS organized Instantaneous Beauty: Andy Warhol and the Photographic ProcessThe exhibition explored the artist’s process and experimentation with photography, particularly in its relationship to beauty. It placed a wide selection of Warhol’s photographs in dialogue with his finished works as well as those by several of his closest collaborators. 

All Andy Warhol Artworks © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Warhol Photos | Access

Public Art UHS’ collection of Andy Warhol photographs is held at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. Learn about access here. 

Spotlight | Andy Warhol

July 2021 | Read about the man and the machine, Andy Warhol photography and everyday life. 

Instantaneous Beauty: Andy Warhol and the Photographic Process | Exhibition

Spring 2022 exhibition presented at the O’Kane Gallery, UHD and the UCHL Art Gallery.

Andy Warhol | Process and Memory

March 9, 2022 | Virtual conversation featuring artist Jamie Wyeth and filmmaker and art promoter Vincent Fremont, moderated by María C. Gaztambide, PhD, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art UHS.

Highlights from the Collection

Andy Warhol Photographic Prints

Collection of fifty gelatin silver prints, ca. 1975-85.

Andy Warhol Polaroids

Collection of ninety-nine Polaroids, ca. 1975-85.