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Billy Name was the in-house photographer at Andy Warhol's Factory studio, where he lived from 1964-1970. A newly published book, Billy Name: The Silver Age, collects his work to tell the story of that heady time.

Name documented the Factory happenings, art and film creation by Warhol's 'superstar' inner circle, and snapped the many regular visitors - among them Tennessee Williams, Judy Garland, Rudolph Nureyev, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, William Burroughs and Salvador Dali - to his temple of Pop Art in New York City. The Factory was also famous for its outlandish parties.

The original studio at East 47th Street was called the Silver Factory after its single-colour decor scheme; in the words of Andy Warhol:

"Billy was responsible for the silver at the Factory. He covered the crumbling walls and the pipes in different grades of silver foil... He bought cans of silver paint and sprayed everything with it, right down to the toilet bowl. Why he loved silver so much I don't know. But it was great, it was the perfect time to think silver. Silver was the future, it was spacey.

"The astronauts wore silver suits - Sheppard, Grissom and Glenn had already been up in them, and their equipment was silver too. And silver was the past - the silver screen, Holywood actresses photographed in silver sets. Maybe more than anything, silver was narcissism - mirrors were backed with silver".

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BBC Arts

12 Nov, 2014

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