BILLY NAME, LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF ANDY WARHOL’S FACTORY, DIES AT 76

Billy Name, the primary architect, foreman, and archivist at Andy Warhol’s Factory, and a photographer who used his camera to immortalize its denizens, has died at 76. His death was confirmed by his agent and publisher Dagon James.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of William Linich,” James said in a statement earlier today. “To the world he was Billy Name. To me he was just Billy, a kind soul, a beautiful artist, and one of the best friends I will ever know in this life.”

To look through the snapshots taken by Name in the 1960s is to dive into the epicenter of the Pop art scene in New York, as he chronicled the rise of Andy Warhol from artist to the avatar of an art movement—the shifting of his studio from the place where he made silkscreens to the bustling creative hub known as The Factory. His photographs of Warhol’s “superstars” made that moniker real, and the covers he designed for The Velvet Underground’s classic albums—White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground, and the gatefold sleeve to The Velvet Underground and Nico—are all iconic. via ArtNews