Karen Bystedt is an American visual artist and photographer who was born in Israel and grew up in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles. Bystedt is best known for a series of photographs she took of Andy Warhol in 1982 and for the collaborations she has done with other artists, such as Chris Brown, using these images as the base for the designs. In 2014, LA Weekly included one of Bystedt's murals in their list of the top ten murals in the city.
"The Lost Warhols" are included in the permanent collections of several museums and foundation collections around the world, including: The Andy Warhol Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, the Armenian Museum of Modern Art and the Hearst Foundation.
Bystedt has published four books combining interviews with her photography: Not Just Another Pretty Face (1983), The New Breed (1988), They Dared to Dream(2009) and Before They Were Famous (1992), a collection of intimate photographs and candid interviews of actors including Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Jared Leto and Keanu Reeves taken before their rise to fame.