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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Chuck Close

Dates:  1940 -
Born:  US, WA, Monroe
Active:  US
 
  
Artist and photographer. He frequently creates photo realistic self portraits.

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Biography provided by Focal Press 
  
Close’s mural size, hyper-real painted head portraits based on photographs that were gridded onto canvas, simultaneously replicate the authenticity of a photograph while undermining its objectivity. These works exemplify the overwhelming influence that photography’s indexical qualities have had on the arts and our culture in terms of both the process of seeing the creative process. 
  
(Author: Robert Hirsch - Independent scholar and writer) 
  
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] 
(Used with permission) 
  

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Chuck Close
Self-Portrait 
1998
 
  
Family history 
  
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Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Hoy, Anne H. 1987 Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs (New York: Abbeville) p.179 
  
• International Center of Photography 1999 Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection (New York: A Bulfinch Press Book) p.212 [Includes a well written short biography on Chuck Close with example plate(s) earlier in book.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Chuck Close.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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