For fun, Antonio Lopez bought a cheap Instamatic camera to take pics of his friends. As Lopez kept company with models, actresses, and fashion world luminaries, he ended up with thousands of snapshots of Karl Lagerfeld (with whom he worked regularly), Divine, Grace Jones, Paloma Picasso, and Andy Warhol, to name but a few. Once his pictures became known, magazines worldwide began to hire him to take dynamic Instamatic pictures for them.
With the Instamatic style of imagery made ubiquitous by today’s Instagram and Hipstamatic, Lopez’s snapshots seem fresh and contemporary despite the fact they were taken almost 40 years ago. Lopez would photograph a series of images in sequence and kept them grouped together in albums. Seen like this, they capture a fuller record of many a glamorous moment.
Jessica Lange, New York City (1975)
Yves Saint Laurent, Marina Schiano, Jerry Hall, Pierre Berge, Paris (1977)
Blue Water Series: Daniel, Paris (1974)
Margaux Hemingway, Halston, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Ultra Violet, New York City (1974)