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Christopher Makos Art

American, b. 1948

Christopher Makos, born in 1948, is an American photographer and artist. He spent his adolescence in California and as a young adult, moved to Paris, France, to study architecture. After extensive traveling throughout Europe, Makos became the apprentice of Man Ray, a photographer and close friend of Marcel Duchamp. During the great artist's last birthday celebrations in Italy, the master Surrealist Man Ray took a special interest in Makos and shared many practical insights into his working method as a photographer.

In 1977, Makos burst onto the photography scene with his book, White Trash. This raw, beautiful chronicle of the downtown NYC punk scene, interspersed with portraits of Uptown Boldface names, became a turning point for his career as a photographic journalist. Makos became close friends and collaborated extensively with Andy Warhol, whom he showed how to use his first camera. Warhol dubbed Makos the "most modern photographer in America" and his book, Warhol: A Photographic Memoir, details his extensive travels and friendship with the Pop art superstar. Later, Makos introduced Warhol to the work of both Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, connecting the major players of the contemporary art world.

Makos continued to document the New York scene throughout the 1980s using his Interview Magazine "IN" column to present up and coming stars such as Matt Dillon, Christian Slater, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Ford. Makos then began his long-term love affair with Spain, where he continues to be a regular in Madrid. His portraits of Pedro Almodovar, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Bibi Andersen and Miguel Bose helped identify La Movida. Makos has developed his distinctive photographic style to take legendary photographs of the world’s most famous icons, including portraits of Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Salvador Dalí, John Lennon, Tennessee Williams and Mick Jagger. Makos's work has been in the permanent collections of more than 100 museums and major private collections, including those of Malcolm Forbes, Pedro Almodóvar and Gianni Versace.

Christopher Makos’s photos have been the subject of numerous exhibitions both in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and have appeared in countless magazines and newspapers worldwide. His work has been published in Interview, Rolling Stone, House & Garden, Connoisseur, New York magazine, Esquire, Genre and People, among many others. The beloved portrait of Warhol wrapped in a flag was featured on the front cover of the Spring 1990 issue of the Smithsonian Studies.

Makos’s projects include a book of his SX 70 Polaroids, with an essay by his friend Calvin Klein. Lady Warhol, published in 2010, presents 120 portraits of Andy in various wigs and make-up guises from the 1981 two-day Makos shoot they conceived as an homage to Man Ray's Rrose Sélavy collaboration.

Christopher Makos has truly become a seminal figure in the contemporary art scene in New York — find a collection of his photography today on 1stDibs.

(Biography provided by Arton Contemporary)

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Andy Warhol - Filmmaker, Artist, Publisher, Philosopher
By Christopher Makos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Four unique Polaroids. The works are all stamped on verso by the artist. All four images are 4.25 x 3.5 in. Provenance: From the Artist, to Collection Calvin Klein, to Private Collec...
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1980s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Polaroid

Andy Warhol In Drag (vintage Warhol announcement)
By Christopher Makos
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Christopher Makos Andy Warhol from Altered Image series (exhibition announcement) Brilliantly rendered, frameable announcement card published in 1989 to announce two New York exhibi...
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1970s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Offset

Archival Vintage 'Andy Warhol Row Boat' Photographic Print
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
The Archival ‘Andy Warhol Row Boat’ is an exclusive limited edition black and white photographic print of the pop-art icon Andy Warhol, taken by Christopher Makos in 1982. The nosta...
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1980s Minimalist Christopher Makos Art

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Photographic Film, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

EYES plate
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
limited edition artist plate. Edition 31/300. A single eye in the middle of a white plate.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Christopher Makos Art

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Porcelain

Archival Andy Warhol Photographic Portrait, Black and White, 1982/2020
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
The classic black and white pop-art 'Archival Andy Warhol Photographic Portrait' is a pigment print on paper of an exclusive edition of only twenty five in existence, taken by New Yo...
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1980s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Photographic Film, Archival Pigment

Vintage Andy Warhol Contact Sheet, Archival Photographic Print, 1982/2020
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
The massive archival pop-art ‘Andy Warhol Contact Sheet' black and white photographic print by Christopher Makos was originally shot in 1982 and released in an exclusive edition of f...
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2010s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Photographic Film, Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Andy Warhol American Flag, Archival Pigment Photographic Print, 2020
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
'Andy Warhol American Flag' is an archival pigment black and white photographic print on paper, an exclusive photograph of the beloved pop-art icon Andy Warhol, created by Christophe...
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1980s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Photographic Film, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Andy Warhol with Glasses
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Christopher Makos, American (1948 - ) Title: Andy Warhol with Glasses Year: 1986 (printed 1989) Medium: Gelatin Silver Print, signed, stamped and numbered verso Edition: 15/3...
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1980s Contemporary Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Mick Jagger from the Icons Portfolio, Screenprint, 1990 by Christopher Makos
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
This screenprint was created by American artist Christopher Makos. Makos is well known for his relationships with icons like Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Tennessee Williams, and Jo...
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1990s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Screen

Andy Warhol, Photograph by Christopher Makos, circa 1978
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
This gelatin silver print was created by American photographer Christopher Makos. Makos is well known for his relationships with icons like Andy Warhol, Tennessee Williams, and John ...
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1970s American Modern Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Christopher Makos, "Four by Four: Statue of Liberty," Photo Collage, 1986
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
This collage of gelatin silver prints was created by American photographer Christopher Makos. Makos is well known for his relationships with icons like Andy Warhol, Tennessee William...
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1980s American Modern Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Christopher Makos, "Liza Minelli and John Lennon," Gelatin Silver Print, c. 1978
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
This gelatin silver print was created by American photographer Christopher Makos. Makos is well known for his relationships with icons like Andy Warhol, Tennessee Williams, and John ...
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1970s American Modern Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Chris Makos Original Gold Silkscreen Painting of Salvador Dali Pop Art
By Christopher Makos
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Signed Screen Print and Acrylic on Canvas. Christopher Makos, American photographer and artist, apprenticed with photographer Man Ray in Paris and collaborated with Andy Warhol, who...
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20th Century Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Christopher Makos, "Andy Warhol in Rowboat, France," Silver Gelatin Print, 1981
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
This gelatin silver print was created by American photographer Christopher Makos. Makos is well known for his relationships with icons like Andy Warhol, Tennessee Williams, and John ...
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1980s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Andy Warhol in Paris
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Christopher Makos, American (1948 - ) Title: Andy Warhol in Paris Year: 1981 (printed 1989) Medium: Gelatin Silver Print, signed, stamped and numbered verso Edition: 15/3...
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1980s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Christopher Makos, "Andy Warhol Snowmobiling," Gelatin Silver Print, 1983
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
This gelatin silver print was created by American photographer Christopher Makos. Makos is well known for his relationships with icons like Andy Warhol, Tennessee Williams, and John ...
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1990s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Christopher Makos, "Andy Warhol in China," Gelatin Silver Print, 1982
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
This gelatin silver print was created by American photographer Christopher Makos. Makos is well known for his relationships with icons like Andy Warhol, Tennessee Williams, and John ...
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1980s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Andy Warhol Posing
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Christopher Makos, American (1948 - ) Title: Andy Warhol Posing Year: 1978 (printed 1989) Medium: Gelatin Silver Print, signed, stamped and numbered verso Edition: 15/30 ...
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1970s Contemporary Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Andy Warhol and Keith Haring
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Christopher Makos, American (1948 - ) Title: Andy Warhol and Keith Haring Year: 1983 Medium: Gelatin Silver Print Photograph, signed, stamped and numbered verso Edition: ...
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1980s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Mick Jagger (Queen of LA)
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
Mick Jagger, 1977/2011 Gelatin silver print Size: 60 x 45 inches (152 x 114 cm) Edition: 3
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1970s American Realist Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

Lady Warhol
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
Lady Warhol, 1981/2011 Gelatin silver print Size: 60 x 45 inches Edition of 3
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1980s Modern Christopher Makos Art

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ABS, Silver Gelatin

Archival 'Andy Warhol Portrait', Black and White, 1982/2020
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
The classic black and white pop-art 'Archival Andy Warhol Portrait' is a pigment print on 3mm Dibond of an exclusive edition of only ten in existence, taken by New York photographer,...
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1880s Pop Art Christopher Makos Art

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Archival Pigment, Archival Ink, Board

Los Angeles Boy
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
Los Angeles Boy 1985 Signed, titled, and dated, verso Gelatin silver print 20 x 16 inches, sheet 15 x 10.5 inches, image Contact gallery for price. This work is offered by Clamp...
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1980s Contemporary Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

My Favorite Portrait of Andy Warhol
By Christopher Makos
Located in New York, NY
My Favorite Portrait of Andy, 1986/2001 Gelatin silver print 60 x 48" (152 x 123 cm) Edition of 3 Christopher Makos was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and grew up in California ...
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1980s American Realist Christopher Makos Art

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Silver Gelatin

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Untitled (Basquiat with Globe), Edition of 250
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Late 20th Century Christopher Makos Art

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Andy Warhol In Drag (vintage Warhol announcement)
By Christopher Makos
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Untitled (Basquiat with Globe), c. 1985 Edition of 250
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Untitled (Basquiat with Globe), c. 1985 Edition of 250
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Chris Makos LAS VEGAS, 1998, color Iris print Limited Edition
By Christopher Makos
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
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Untitled (Basquiat with Globe), c. 1985 Edition of 250
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Located in New York, NY
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Original Christopher Makos Photograph of Andy Warhol and Liza Minelli
By Christopher Makos
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This original and captivating silver gelatin print by famed photographer Christopher Makos portrays Liza Minelli and Andy Warhol rubbing noses. Taken circa 1989, this compelling imag...
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Christopher Makos, "Andy Warhol Collage," Sewn Photo Collage, circa 1985
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
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Christopher Makos, "Andy Warhol and Dali," Gelatin Silver Print, 1978
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
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Andy Warhol and John Lennon
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Christopher Makos, American (1948 - ) Title: Andy Warhol and John Lennon Year: 1978 (printed 1989) Medium: Gelatin Silver Print, signed, stamped, and numbered verso Editi...
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Christopher Makos, "Andy Warhol and O'Keeffe," Gelatin Silver Print, 1983
By Christopher Makos
Located in Long Island City, NY
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