In the early 1970s Warhol began to accept regular commissions to paint the portraits of the rich and famous. However, as well as commissions, Warhol painted a number of portraits of people he admired, especially other artists. The British artist-duo Gilbert and George, like Warhol, are recognised as much for their appearance as their art. These Polaroid photographs of the pair relate to the screenprinted diptych Warhol created the same year. Gilbert and George, who specialise in staged photographs of themselves, have posed for Warhol’s snapshots in a highly self-conscious manner. They appear to be adopting different characters, much like Warhol’s self-portrait photographs of around the same time.