|Gerard Malanga, poet, photographer, filmmaker, was a major influence on many of the paintings and films created in Andy Warhol's studio, known as The Factory. The New York Times called him "Warhol's most important associate." Besides starring in several Warhol films, he and Andy collaborated on the nearly 500 individual 3-minute "Screen Tests," which resulted in a selection for a book of the same name, published by Kulchur Press (1967). A member of Warhol's multimedia extravaganza, "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable," Malanga choreographed the music of the Velvet Underground Live. In 1969, he and Warhol founded Interview.
In 1985, Malanga was appointed by Henry J. Stern, Commissioner of NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, as that agency's first photo archivist, in charge of the Robert Moses historic negative collection, which he single-handedly conserved and catalogued.
Author of several books of poetry, his most recent is Mythologies of the Heart (1996, Black Sparrow Press). Two books of his photography have also appeared: Good Girls (1994, Kawade/Tokyo) and Resistance to Memory (1998, Arena Editions).
In 1985, Malanga edited the first in-depth survey on voyeurism in photography, Scopophilia : The Love of Looking. The book he authored with Victor Bockris, Up-Tight : The Velvet Underground Story, has been subsequently published in translation in Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Malanga's other works include two compact discs : 3 Weeks With My Dog with the Belgian group, 48 Cameras and Gerard Malanga Up From the Archives (Sub Rosa), comprising tapes from his personal collection with recent contributions by Iggy Pop and Thurston Moore.
Gerard Malanga currently lives and works in New York City.