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© Chuck Close

Chuck Close, photographer; and Jerry Spagnoli, photographer
American, 2001
Daguerreotype
8 1/8 x 6 1/8 in.
2003.487

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Close created a series of portraits and figure studies in collaboration with the daguerreotypist Jerry Spagnoli, who has mastered this antiquated process, requiring the use of hard-to-obtain, highly toxic materials. Close, mostly known for his variations on the human face, here experimented with skin as pure form. In choosing a small-busted woman as his model, Close blurred the line between female and male.