The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts - Photographic Legacy Project

Andy Warhol with vintage 1907 camera; 1971. Images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and Andy Warhol artwork © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has contributed more than 35,000 images of the artist’s work to the Artstor Digital Library.

Two extensive collections in Artstor — Warhol’s Oeuvre and the Photographic Legacy Project — provide a thorough presentation of Warhol’s works in one place, inclusive of paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and photography spanning four decades. The remarkable highlight of this contribution, however, is decades worth of Warhol’s personal photography that he called his “visual diary”, as reflected in the Photographic Legacy Project collection. The Foundation is proud to introduce images of the more than 28,000 original photographs that it gave to 180 + college and university museums and galleries as part of its 2007 Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. That gift sparked interest, discussion and scholarship about the essential role photography played in Warhol’s artistic production.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts works in accordance with Warhol’s will, which devoted the vast majority of his estate to create an organization committed to the advancement of the visual arts, and which provides grants to ensure that Warhol’s creative legacy and open-minded, inventive spirit continue to have a profound effect on artists for generations to come.