A Look At The Photographer Behind Andy Warhol's Silver Factory

December 10, 2014 2:36 PM

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A Look At The Photographer Behind Andy Warhol's Silver Factory

At the mention of Andy Warhol’s name one specific color comes to mind: silver. The artist became known for his Silver Factory -- which, as you may have guessed, was a space covered entirely in silver. It was also the birthplace of many iconic Warhol artworks, from films and Brillo Boxes to the emergence (and, for some, eventual evanescence) of Warhol’s superstars. But there remains one beloved man behind the scene whose name and work is still, for some reason, widely unknown.

Billy Name, born William Linich, was working as a waiter at Serendipity 3, a frequent Warhol hangout in New York City, when he met the artist in 1959. The two became boyfriends, then saw each other on and off until Warhol went to one of Name’s parties in 1963. Name’s apartment was doused in silver -...

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