MILFORD, Pa. - Photographer Christopher Makos says he learned from a 1970s apprenticeship with Man Ray in Paris to let his instincts identify which of his works are most important, then show them over and over. Those would become famous.

“It should be my decision what’s important, not left to chance,” he said in a phone interview this week.

Makos said he soon found that to be true, publishing his photos in Interview and Rolling Stone. His friend Andy Warhol also made use of and became muse for this notion. Warhol’s pieces often employ repetition, whether soup cans or faces. And he repeatedly had a place in Makos’s photographs, including the “kissing series.”

Several of those photos will appear at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pa., at a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, for which he prepared a 1980s playlist. The striking horse and flower pieces he did with photographer Paul Solberg, now on Bar Louis walls, will be moved to other rooms and replaced by 10 of his photos featuring frequenters of the Factory, Warhol’s downtown Manhattan place of work and play. Makos and Solberg, who collaborate as The Hilton Brothers, will be at the reception to discuss their work and sign books

Makos recalled how he created the “kissing series” in 1978 and 1979 for a February issue of Interview, thinking of Valentine’s Day.

“I would say to Andy, ‘Kiss this person.'" One of those people was architect Philip Johnson. Another was Salvador Dali.

Those photos will hang in Bar Louis along with other pairings, including Warhol with Elizabeth Taylor, Warhol and Bill Murray, John Lennon and Liza Minnelli, plus his photos of Mick Jagger, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Debbie Harry. They appear as they were for him then, people he mixed with in that creative moment, Makos said. He was close to Warhol and later published collections of his photos of him.

Makos has published several books of his photography, and his publisher, Marta Hallett, a Milford resident, will be at the reception, said Fauchere owner Sean Strub.

“The landmark Warhol exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York has revived a global interest in all things Warhol,” Strub said, noting that Warhol was born in Pennsylvania.

Makos says he has known Strub since the 1970s.

“Sean does a good job of bringing the arts to town, and I’m down with that,” he said.

Makos now has an art studio in Milford, but he has lived in the same West Village walk-up apartment for 40 years. He watched the earlier art scene and busy eateries give way to wealthy people, who order in, he said. Meanwhile, he travels avidly and often. He has had exhibits at museums around the world as well as at the Whitney and, in London, the Tate. He often exhibits in Greece, Italy, and lately China, where he works on a China-themed exhibit.

He also has shows in Boulder and, in Beverly Hills, an exhibit of his drawings of cars. “Los Angeles is perfect for that,” he says of the car culture there, which he left in his late teens.

He lived in Lowell, Massachusetts until he was 12, then moved to El Monte, near L.A., with his mother, when she left his father, a gas station and sandwich shop owner. He attributes his diverse interests to the “ordinariness” of his origins.

“Lowell was solid but dull, with no art scene,” he said. “L.A. was too spread out. You had to know someone to connect.”

So after high school, when a friend with a car offered him a ride to New York, he took it and quickly connected with the percolating downtown art scene.

“Los Angeles was frivolous. In New York, you become who you are,” he said, attributing his wide and illustrious circle there to being “outgoing.”

William Burroughs, Tennessee Williams, W.S. Merwin, and Abby Hoffman were among those whom he befriended, as well as Williams’ writer friend Dotson Rader. At the Whitney Museum, Rader introduced Makos to Warhol, who invited him to Max’s Kansas City.

“I never went. I was too much of a beach boy,” said Makos of the healthy living outdoor lifestyle he brought with him from California. He still rides his bike around New York. But Makos and Warhol became close and traveled together, as documented in Makos’ photography books. Photography took hold of his life with a birthday gift from Tony Perkins of a Nikon camera.

“I took pictures and realized I could make money doing that,” he said.

The Hotel Fauchere is at 401 Broad St., Milford, Pa. Call 570-409-1212 or email