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Before They Were Famous -- WARHOL by William John Kennedy

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This piece was co-authored by Laura LM Hill

Pure fate.

In 1963, a young photographer named William John Kennedy had nothing but fate. And that was more than enough.

After nearly 50 years, never-before-seen photographs of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana and their work have been published for the first time by the KIWI Arts Group, and are currently on display (and for sale) at site/109 at 109 Norfolk Street between Rivington Street and Delancey Street.

The silver gelatin and chromogenic photographs are some of the only known images of the artists with their work. In these rare frames, Kennedy has captured the artists at a moment on the verge; on the verge of superstardom.

The young Kennedy had an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time and recognizing it. With his lens, ingenuity, and the hand of fate, Kennedy captured the iconic Warhol "Marilyn" and Indiana "LOVE" before the world took these images and the explosion called Pop Art saturated the culture in the U.S. and beyond.

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