Not many people can claim to have had direct access to individuals that single-handedly defined a cultural era. And of those who can, you certainly wouldn't expect them to take it lightly. But Stephen Shore, who chronicled the goings-on of Warhol's Factory from 1965 to 1967, aged just 17, is remarkably blase about the whole experience.

That's not to say he’s ungrateful, just refreshingly realistic. 'For a long time I rejected my Factory years,' says Shore, 'for so many of the people involved, it was the pinnacle of their life. For me it just wasn't. I couldn't have gone on to do what I’ve done without having spent my time there, but it was really just the beginning and I was only 17.'

19 black and white photographs from this period are the subject of an exhibition at Sprueth Magers Gallery in London this summer, 'The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967'. As a collection the pictures give an exceptionally human insight into a period, a place and people that are all too often pedestalled beyond the realms of reality. They tell their own story of the well-documented subject through Shore's teenage eyes, as a participant with incredible access to the Factory and Warhol himself.

Andy Warhol

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Don't panic if you can't make it to London's Mayfair before the end of August - we’ve been given exclusive access to the entire collection, which you can view here, and to Stephen Shore himself, whose enlightening interview you can read in full here.

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