Polaroid Portraits, Vol. 1, 1972

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In 1968, British Pop artist Richard Hamilton began his “Polaroid Portraits” series, inspired by the American artist Roy Lichtenstein, who had taken an informal Polaroid photograph of Hamilton in Lichtenstein’s New York studio. Back in London, Hamilton purchased a Polaroid camera and asked artists and friends to photograph him, eventually assembling a collection of Polaroids that were published in four limited-edition volumes between 1971 and 2001. Each book features an original Polaroid self-portrait frontispiece by Hamilton, plus thirty-two Polaroids (in reproduction) of Hamilton taken by visitors such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, John Lennon, Merce Cunningham, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, and others. Hamilton later said that he realized “how silly, how banal I often look,” but desired a unifying theme through the series. “I submit to the will of the photographer rather than make the more aggressive demand of photographing him or her.”

Polaroid Portraits, Vol. 1
Artist Life
6-1/2 x 4-7/8 in.
Accession Number
William P. Kosmas, London, England (d. 2017); Estate of William P. Kosmas, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
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