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Andy Warhol was a relentless chronicler of life and its encounters. Carrying a Polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, he amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends, lovers, patrons, the famous, the obscure, the scenic, the fashionable, and himself. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, this book features hundreds of these instant photos, many of them never seen before.

Portraits of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, Yves Saint Laurent, Pelé, Debbie Harry are included alongside images of Warhol’s entourage and high life, landscapes, and still lifes from Cabbage Patch dolls to the iconic soup cans.

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The Parrish Art Museum will debut an extensive survey of the photography of Chuck Close, one of the most important figures in contemporary art, opening this Sunday, May 10 with a reception at 11 a.m.

On view through July 26, the exhibition will feature some 90 images from 1964 to the present, showcasing an arc of the artist’s exploration of photography— from early black and white maquettes to monumental composite Polaroids and intimately scaled daguerreotypes and his most recent Polaroid nudes. The exhibition explores how Mr. Close has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods and approaches.

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A new exhibition at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, explores the history of social photography through a selection of images from the institution’s permanent collection. Spanning from the mid-twentieth century to the present, “The Social Medium” touches on a number of photographic genres, including social documentary as well as street, celebrity, and portrait photography.

The exhibition at the DeCordova explores how developments in photographic technology -- from the invention of the portable film camera to the rise in popularity of Polaroid cameras, digital cameras, and cellphone cameras -- have influenced the art of social documentation. 

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