Nat Finkelstein (1933-2009) was a photojournalist specialized in emerging subcultures. In the mid- 1960s, Finkelstein became a vital collaborator among Andy Warhol's Factory, serving as the in-house media. His intimate and intense photographs of the legendary Silver Factory scene (including Warhol, the Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwick, and visitors including Bob Dylan and Marcel Duchamp) are now recognized among the most iconic images of the era. While best known for his images of Warhol’s Factory, Finkelstein documented stories as wide ranging as civil rights protests for LIFE Magazine, to post-punk New York City, to the international club kid scene of the 1990s. Throughout his life and work, Nat Finkelstein remained steadfast in his vision: emerging art and music, the expansion of consciousness, and freedom of expression.
His photographs are now included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC;The Brooklyn Museum ofArt,Brooklyn NY;The Stedelijk Museum,Amsterdam;TheVictoria and Albert Museum, London;The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute,Washington DC.