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Raw, Life-Sized Portraits Of Hollywood Stars Shot By A Gigantic Polaroid Camera

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In the 1970s, Polaroid founder Edwin H. Land created an ultra-large format camera that produces life-sized instant prints that measure 20 by 24 inches—recently, renowned New York-based portrait photographer Chuck Close used this impressive machine to capture pictures of 20 celebrities for Vanity Fair’s 20th Hollywood Issue.

The portraits are made based on some strict ground rules set by Close, which includes the ban on any kind of professional hair styling and make-up—the stars were responsible for their own look for the shoot and had to get to the studio on their own.

The instantaneous nature of this kind of photography means that it is impossible to digitally edit any of the portraits—according to Close, these are “not glamour shots, they’re not airbrushed, they can be rough”.

Presenting a rare look at their well-known subjects just the way they are without the glitz of Hollywood, these photographs are a compelling alternative to the overly Photoshopped images that we are so used to seeing in magazines.

View the behind-the-scenes pictures of this unusual magazine photoshoot here—and watch the video for an interview with Chuck Close on his latest project.


[via Phaidon, Vanity Fair]
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