Brigid Berlin was Andy Warhol’s muse and best friend—an Upper East Side debutante who ran away from her family to join New York’s underground art scene. A permanent fixture at The Factory, Berlin began experimenting with a Polaroid camera, chronicling herself and all of her friends.
A new book retrospective, Brigid Berlin: Polaroids, combines the artist’s work into a series of never-before-seen Polaroids featuring all of The Factory’s biggest stars, from Lou Reed and Nico to Candy Darling. Available October 25, with a foreword by John Waters, the book also showcases Berlin’s notorious love of nudity. With a number of self-portraits, the photographer was an early pioneer of the selfie, documenting herself through different stages of her life. Brigid Berlin: Polaroids offers up an inside look at Warhol’s Factory—the photos themselves capture both the faces and feelings of that time.
“Brigid was always my favorite underground movie star—big, often naked, and ornery as hell,” writes Waters. “The Polaroids here show just how wide Brigid’s world was—her access was amazing. She was never a groupie, always an insider.”
Check out some of the images from Brigid Berlin: Polaroids, above.