Billy Name – The Silver Age

Biography

Billy Name

Billy Name’s images of Andy Warhol’s Factory from 1964-68 are one of the most important photographic documents of any artist in history.

Billy photographed the day-to-day happenings at the Factory with Andy, including visits from Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Nico, Edie Sedgwick and Ivy Nicholson; filming Screen Tests and features like Chelsea Girls, Vinyl and My Hustler.

On January 28, 1964, Warhol’s datebook notes, “New Studio 231 East 47th.” The space, a narrow floor- through loft overlooking the street from the fourth floor of an industrial building in midtown Manhattan would become, The Silver Factory—a microcosm of the sixties and a focal point of avant-garde history. For Andy Warhol, 1964 would prove to be his watershed year. It was the year that he reinvented himself and shifted his persona from that of a commercial artist to the King of Pop.

After visiting Billy’s apartment on the Lower East Side, Warhol asked him to decorate his new loft. So, for the first six months of the year, living in a tiny closet at the Factory, Billy was responsible for the legendary ‘silverizing’ of the space, covering every square centimetre in either silver foil or silver spray paint. When Andy gave Billy a Pentax Honeywell 35mm camera, he took on the role of resident photographer and archivist.