The Moment blog of the Times‘s T Magazine recently posted a slideshow, taken from a show now hanging at Danziger Projects, of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid photos of famous athletes. (Pele! Gretzky! Vitas Gerulaitis!)
These were for-hire shots, mostly: Warhol’s fascination with fame and American public life extended only sporadically into the realm of sports. Still, these shots are the way that all Warhol’s portraits are: an opportunity to match a face, composed or unguarded but definitely held in place for our contemplation, to a public persona. The screen tests remain unparalleled studies in the fascination of the known or unknown human face, but these washed-out Polaroids aren’t shabby either.