Saturday, February 8, 2014

Candid Portraits of Hollywood Stars by Chuck Close

Chuck Close (1940) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Working with a rare and impressive 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera, he captured remarkably raw portraits of 20 bold talents, from Brad Pitt to Oprah Winfrey, for V.F.’s 20th Hollywood Issue.

As cited by Vanity Fair, Close’s ground rules for his famous subjects—who all posed on a little stool directly in front of the massive bellows of the camera—were specific and non-negotiable: (1) Arrive alone or with one close friend or associate. (2) Be available for three hours. (3) Be responsible for your own look—no professional styling or hair or makeup. (4) Be content with coffee and deli sandwiches or salads—nothing fancy will be served. (5) Get to the studio under your own steam.

According to Photoblographer, the cost of each shot runs about $200, not including the camera and studio rental fees. Each of the Polaroids took only seven to ten minutes to produce, but with an eye and taste and talent acquired over a lifetime.

Brad Pitt

Scarlett Johannson

Oprah Winfrey

Chuck Close photographing Oprah Winfrey

Brad Pitt at the studio

See more on Vanity Fair here.

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