Karen Bystedt rocked the contemporary art world with the USA introduction of The Lost Warhols at Photo LA, 2013. The body of work was quickly selected to headline the Month of Photography in Los Angles Show at The Robert Berman Gallery in Bergmont Station in Santa Monica, CA. In an April 2013 Fabrik Magazine cover story, Berman characterized Bystedt’s Andy Warhol show as “an austere and powerful look at one of the most celebrated artists of the Twentieth century.”
After studying photography and literature at the American College in Paris, the young artist returned to the United States and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Film at New York University in 1982. It was while she was a student in New York that she photographed Warhol at The Factory.
Bystedt moved firmly into photographing movie stars when they were young and unknown including Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. Her artistic strength is her ability to establish an intimate trust with her subjects - she engages them on-camera and then makes them look beautiful – a skill well honed on Warhol. Her strong images of iconic men brands them as totemic markers of their times.
She has written the narratives and interviews that accompany the four books of glamour shots she has published: NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE (1983), THE NEW BREED (1988), BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS (1992) and, THEY DARED TO DREAM (2009).
Collaborations with other artists include Peter Tunney, Speedy Graphito, Tonia Calderon, Gregory Siff and Bill Barminski. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Andy Warhol Museum, The Hearst Foundation, Prince Albert of Monaco and Tomasso Buti, among others.