Billy Name (1940 - 2016)

Billy Name, a photographer and filmmaker who archived pop artist Andy Warhol’s studio known as the Factory, died July 18, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 76.

The Milk Gallery in New York, which exhibited Name’s work, also confirmed the death.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we would like to announce that our dear friend and iconic artist Billy Name has begun his next great adventure,” the gallery wrote in a Facebook post. “We mourn the loss of this important cultural figure and are thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him.”


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Born William Linich Jr. Feb. 22, 1940, in Poughkeepsie, New York, he became Billy Name when he worked at the Factory from 1964 to 1970. Name, a former theater lighting designer, was a member of a coterie of New York City personalities who partied and hung out with Warhol at the Factory and in New York City clubs.

Warhol captured his friends on film and called them superstars. Name, in turn, chronicled the Factory scene by shooting thousands of photographs. Many of his color photographs are compiled in “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” a book by Collier Schorr and Dave Hickey that explores Name’s unique experiments with bizarre color balances.

In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Andy Warhol self-portrait stamp. One of Name’s portraits of Warhol was printed on the selvage of the full sheet of 20 stamps.

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