Paralyzed Photographer Takes on 2014 Vanity Fair's 20th Hollywood Issue
The incredible photography talents of Chuck Close, has led him to a barrage of close celebrity encounters and recently his artistic take of photorealism, gave way to showcase raw photos of big celebrities in the 2014 March issue of Vanity Fair's 20th Hollywood Issue.
Working with a rare and impressive 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera, world-renowned American artist Chuck Close captured remarkably raw portraits of 20 bold talents, from Brad Pitt to Oprah Winfrey, for V.F.’s 20th Hollywood Issue. Below, sample the results—and take a look behind the scenes. To see the entire the Hollywood Portfolio,download the digital edition. - Read the www.vanityfair.com article with sample photos
Close, 68, has been painting for the last 20 years from a wheelchair. A spinal artery collapse paralyzed him in 1988. Of course as a very successful artist, he feared he would not be able to paint again. While rehabbing at New York's Rusk Institute, an OT set up a studio in the basement so Close could get back to work. His hand function came back; he can hold a brush with a splinted right hand. He still works with huge canvases; motors move them around so Close can paint from his chair. He's still at the top of his game. - www.christopherreeve.org
See the "behind the scenes" look of his artistic process for Vanity Fair's 20th hollywood issue.
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