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The original Instagram: treasure trove of unseen celebrity Polaroids unveiled in new Andy Warhol book

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Carrying a Polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends and lovers, from the famous to the obscure and the scenic to the fashionable.

The artist's 'visual diary' of Polaroid photos including never-before-seen snaps of celebrities such as Jack Nicholson and Dolly Parton is set to be illustrated in a new book out next month.

The impressive collection has been billed as an early type of Instagram account and also features photographs of Yves Saint Laurent, Bianca Jagger, Audrey Hepburn and Dennis Hopper.

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That's why I take pictures. It's a visual diary,” Andy Warhol once said of his many encounters.

The book, Andy Warhol, Polaroids 1958-1987, will be released next month and is published by Taschen.

Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, this book features hundreds of the instant photos.

Portraits of Mick Jagger, Alfred Hitchcock, Pelé and Debbie Harry are also included alongside images of Warhol’s entourage and high life, landscapes, still lifes and the iconic soup cans.

Often raw and impromptu, the Polaroids document Warhol’s era in much the same way as Instagram captures ours today, offering a unique record of the life, world, and vision behind the life of the Pop Art maestro and modernist giant.

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