Skip to main content

Found! Andy Warhol’s lost art on Commodore Amiga floppy disks from the 1980s

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has recovered a rare set of images created by one of the 20th-century’s leading artist using an early home computer. The images have been trapped on floppy disks for over twenty years.

Warhol’s never-before-seen images were created using a Commodore Amiga 1000 home computer, as part of a collaborative project with Commodore International, an early manufacturer of home computers. While the Amiga series was considered a less expensive alternative to IBM and Apple computers, it was known for its graphics capabilities and found a foothold in computer-based design.

The images were discovered by artist Cory Arcangel, after a chance viewing of a 1985 video showing Warhol, the artist most associated with the “pop art” movement, using an Amiga 1000 computer to digitally edit an image of singer Debbie Harry of the band Blondie, on YouTube. After watching the video, Arcangel enlisted the help of Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Club – as well as several specially trained artists, archivists, and curators – to take part in the retrieval of the lost images.

Prior to Arcangel’s involvement, the set of images referred to as Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiment were spread across 41 dust-collecting floppy disks stored in the Warhol Museum’ archives.  

The entire retrieval process was documented by a Carnegie Museum of Art film crew and will be presented at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh as “Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments,” on May 10; the documentary will also be available online starting May 12.  

(Via Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Engadget)

Chase Melvin
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Chase Melvin is a writer and native New Yorker. He graduated from LIU Brooklyn where he spent 3 years as the News and Photo…
Astronauts test new moon camera for upcoming Artemis mission
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet tests the moon camera in the lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain.

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet tests the moon camera in Lanzarote, Spain. ESA

In 2025, NASA is planning to land the first astronauts on the lunar surface in more than 50 years.

Read more
Sony camera Black Friday deals: Save on camera body and lenses

The deals season has officially started and Black Friday deals are coming out of the woodwork to get us items that we might normally pass on. And if there is one company that has been dominating again and again this year, it is Sony. We've seen flush rosters of Sony Black Friday deals, such as Sony headphones and earbuds deals where you can get a pair of headphones for as low as $10. Meanwhile, Black Friday Sony TV deals are getting us up to a thousand dollars off on an 8K TV. So, the big question becomes, what are photographers getting from Sony this year?

We've already seen the Sony brand pop up in the mirrorless and point and shoot categories for our investigation of the best Black Friday camera deals. Now, we wish to go more in depth and see what else we can snag from the brand, including lenses. If you're not set on a Sony, there are great GoPro Black Friday deals, Nikon Black Friday deals, and Canon Black Friday deals available as well.
Best Sony body Black Friday deals

Read more
Sony Alpha 7R V mirrorless camera is $400 off for Black Friday
sony alpha 7r v mirrorless camera deal best buy november 2023 release render

If you're thinking about getting a new mirrorless camera from this year's Black Friday deals, here's an offer that you shouldn't pass up -- the Sony Alpha 7R V for $3,500, following a $400 discount from Best Buy on its sticker price of $3,900. It's still not affordable with the savings, but this mirrorless camera will quickly prove that it's worth every single penny. We're not sure how much time remains before its price goes back to normal though, so if you don't want to miss out on what we think will turn out to be one of the most popular Sony camera Black Friday deals, you know what to do -- add it to your cart and check out immediately.

Why you should buy the Sony Alpha 7R V mirrorless camera
Among the benefits of a mirrorless camera is they're less bulky because of the absence of the mirror found in a DSLR, so instead of an optical viewfinder, you'll compose your shots on an electronic viewfinder or an LCD screen, according to our digital camera buying guide. You'll get these with the Sony Alpha 7R V and more, as it's capable of recording 8K 24p/25p and 4K 60p/50p video, and taking 61MP photos. It's powered by the Bionz XR image processor, which can process massive amounts of image data while reducing latency.

Read more