Chuck Close is a portraitist par excellence. "It takes a real act of generosity and faith on the part of the subject to go with it and give me their image without having any control over what's gonna happen," explains Close in a web video detailing the shoot for the 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio.
Close's camera of choice is a rare 20x24-inch Polaroid, which he has been using since 1977. Close explains that he likes the immediacy of using this camera; he can show his subject what is being created as they go along and therefore the creation of the art becomes a collaborative process. Close is a photorealist — his subjects are captured as they truly are, no makeup, no hair; lines and flaws intact. Because Polaroid photos are developed immediately, photoshopping is impossible.
His goal with this shoot was to "show people as real people; the way they are; their humanity."