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Andy Warhol on payphone at World’s Fair, 1964 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

by Maria Sofou

When Andy Warhol handed a camera to Billy Name and said, ‘Here, Billy, you do the stills photography’, Name hadn’t thought at all about photography. It was that moment when he became Factory’s unofficial photographer, beautifully capturing what is now a mythic time and space.

In Billy Name: The Silver Age, the book that has gathered all of Name’s photographic material from that era, the reader can find all Name’s beautiful records of the shining characters that visited Factory, along with the various going-ons: from Nico and The Velvet Underground to Andy Warhol himself, Name’s essential documents capture the energy and the magic that surrounded Factory, the iconic place that sheltered artists, musicians, actresses, socialites, drug addicts, outsiders, drag queens, free thinkers, Superstars.

Nico #2 (White Background) © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Andy Warhol under My Hustler marquee at the Hudson Cinema, 1967 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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The Velvet Underground, 1967 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Silver Coke Bottles drying on the Factory floor, 1964 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Andy Warhol with The Velvet Underground, Nico’s son Ari Delon, Mary Wronov and Gerald Malanga, 1966 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Billy and Jackie by Andy © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Brillo boxes at the Stable gallery, 1964 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Andy Warhol with Brillo Box and Ruby the cat, 1964 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Nico Chelsea Girl, 1967 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Andy Warhol with giant Baby Ruth bars, 1966 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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Susan Bottomley, International Velvet #1, 1966 © Billy Name / Reel Art Press

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