BTS: See How Andy Warhol’s Amiga Photo Illustrations Were Recovered

Late last month, we shared with you a story about a team of computer scientists, archivists, artists and curators who recovered photo-manipulation work by famed artist Andy Warhol that had been trapped on 41 ‘lost’ floppy disks from the introduction of the Amiga computer system.

Today, we dive further behind the scenes with a fascinating followup video, provided by the Hillman Photography Initiative of the Carnegie Museum of Art, that takes a look at the incredible amount of work and dedication that went into actually recovering these files.


Aptly titled “Part 2 — Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments,” the video interviews members of the team who give detailed accounts of not only the history behind the photo-manipulations, but the process by which they went about recovering filetypes that are as obsolete as the computer they were made on.

The entire video comes in at just shy of 19 minutes, but it’s definitely worth the time you’ll spend watching it. If you haven’t seen part one of the series, be sure to check it out on our previous post; then sit back, press play, and watch art and photographic history be recovered by some of the best in the world.

  • RMJ

    omg ! it’s almost like yesterday was back !

    and i mean litereally yesterday… no-one ever forgot how to to stick in a floppy and open it…

  • Mike

    So basically Warhol did what any of us ever did in MS Paint, just way before.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    It’s not even a floppy floppy.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    If it was an audio tape backup like from a Trash 80, I’d be more impressed ;)

  • Paul Bartok

    anybody notice the comic sans for the first interview title :p

  • louiserobbins

    My Uncle Liam got an
    awesome 9 month old Toyota Tacoma just by working online with a macbook…
    learn the facts here now


  • florianamoser

    COMIC SANS!!! argh

  • Gordon JC Pearce

    Floppies are a remarkably durable recording medium, and I’m really not sure why they’re going to such extreme lengths to read them. I have some of my old Amiga and ST floppies from the late 80s, and the factory boot disks for my mid-80s Ensoniq Mirage sampler. They all work perfectly. Yes, I have backups.

    I wish modern USB flash drives were even half as reliable as floppies.

  • florianamoser

    at 1:00

  • Sam_Mallery

    My life so far: zero files lost from crashed USB flash drives

  • Mike

    Solid state>magnetic film.

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