Long-lost Warhol Digital Images Recovered
The images are being retrieved from a 1985 Commodore Amiga computer.
Back in time
"They had a level of simplicity often times that we don't see in modern computers anymore," Bare said.
His fellow members of the
Back to 1985, the Commodore Amiga was the newest and greatest computer.
To create buzz at the Amiga launch party, Commodore enlisted Warhol -- best known for his paintings of a Campbell's Soup Can and actress
"He took some digital pictures and modified them before most people had been thinking about digital photography at all," Bare said.
And that's about all the public got to see of Warhol's digital artwork.
After his death in 1987, the computer and floppy discs were stored in the archives at
"Those drawings would have been lost," said
Stumbling across the YouTube video of the 1985 Amiga launch sparked an idea that brought the
"Nobody knew what we were going to find on those disks," Bare said, adding that it took time for the team to understand the software used to create the images. "Not only is it relying on the digital media surviving, another thing that we don't really think about is you also need to be able to have software that's able to understand that digital data."
After some reverse software engineering, they hit pay dirt: the Warhol digital art few had seen before.
The iconic images of a digital Campbell's soup can and Warhol's self-portrait are just a few of some 20 images recovered from floppy disks.
Heffley says the search for Warhol's art is both a history lesson and a cautionary tale.
"If we're not careful technology will become obsolete," she said, "and we will no longer have the ability to see the photographs, to see the images we hold so dear and so precious."
The Warhol images, now restored and archived, can be viewed by watching the
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