The Velvet Underground at The Factory, c. late 1968. Billy NAME.
The Velvet Underground at The Factory, c. late 1968.
The Velvet Underground at The Factory, c. late 1968.

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The Velvet Underground at The Factory, c. late 1968.

Gelatin silver print, 2014. SIGNED in silver ink by Billy Name on the recto, with his stamp to verso. Card stock, with white card window mount, backed with polystyrene card stiffener. 11x11 inches (28.1x28cm.). Fine.

Billy Name's photograph was used for the band's third album (March 1969), the first to feature a picture of them on the front. It portrays the four band members seated together on a couch in Andy Warhol's Factory (not the more famous red couch, which had been stolen during the Factory's move to new premises in early February 1968). In it, Lou Reed holds up a copy of the October 1968 issue of Harper's Bazaar, its title rendered illegible for the record sleeve to avoid incurring usage issues.

Name, who was paid $300 for the photograph and soon to leave the Factory, later stated that "It was just a casual shot I took of them on the couch. But that's the one that everyone liked, 'cause everything else was too staged or formal or ridiculous… it was like what they're really like."

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