The only child of Italian immigrants, Gerard Joseph Malanga was born in the Bronx. Admitted to Wagner College in Staten Island, he developed his creative abilities as a poet and artist and in June 1963, thanks to his professors and mentors William Maas and Marie Menken, he went to work for Andy Warhol as "a summer job that lasted seven years," as he likes to put it. None of them were photographers but working along, with the motion picture medium, creating in what amounted to post-photographs, they became professional photographers. From 1963 to 1970, he's considered "Warhol's most important associate", who involved him in painting, shooting, choreographing and acting.
In December 1970, Malanga left Warhol's studio to pursue his work in photography. He created three of the most prominent portraits of post-modern photography showing Charles Olson, a nude Iggy Pop in a penthouse apartment and William Burroughs. He has also photographed hundreds of poets and artists over the years but he might be mostly remembered for his personal Factory archives.