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Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something Hardcover – November 15, 2006

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"A stunning, oversized volume featuring 20 extraordinary daguerreotype portraits by Chuck Close and praise poems by Bob Holman." --Photo District News

"Words and pictures -- a dialogue, a dance, a duet. These stunning portraits by Chuck Close were created as daguerreotypes, with the assistance of Jerry Spagnoli, a master of the medium. They are portraits of Close's friends--artists, writers and musicians such as Cindy Sherman and Philip Glass... With the sitters as collaborators, the images become 'self portraits.' Accompanied by 'praise poems' created by Holman, they also make for a fascinating look at a multitude of selves." --B&W: Black & White Magazine, For Collectors of Fine Photography

"The portraits are incredibly detailed, offering an intimate insight into Close's friendships with these people. The poems are designed to capture both the subjects' personality and artistic style, while the playful individual typesetting encourages readers to make a connection between text and image." --HotShoe International

"Chuck Close's A Couple of Ways of Doing Something is an attempt to redefine collaboration between the printed word and the image." --American Photo

"The portraits hold you in their gaze. Emerging from pitch black darkness, they shimmer silvery and glowing, looming large and hazy except for a sliver of very sharp, shallow focus: perhaps only the glint of one telling eye, and a patch of shining detailed porous skin. They sear you." -- Jim Casper --LensCulture

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Edition edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110181
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.5 x 15 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Damon K. Webster on February 8, 2007
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Lots of photobooks on the shelf and great images within. What is unique about this one is the layout and design.
With the beauty of these images, and text which takes on its own life and shape, this has become my favorite book of 2006. The print quality is astounding to well represent the technique used in the photographs.Hasn't left the main veiwing area (coffee table) since it arrived.HIghly reccomended
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Full-page black and white close-up portrait photos of notable personalities by Chuck Close pair with poems by Bob Holman in an artistic venture which concludes with a revealing interview with the two collaborators in A Couple of Ways of Doing Something. This piece represents the best in the world of text/photo interplays: artistic, striking, and revealing, it both visually and via written word offers some starting portraits and displays the power of collaborative art. A fine pick for any serious art library holding.
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I'm a huge Chuck Close fan and so it wasn't hard for me to love this book. And I did.

Plenty of stuff about a relatively under-covered aspect of his career (black and white photographic portraits of notable, but not necessarily famous, people). The photos are beautiful. And the poetry that accompanies each are a pleasure to read.

Important Note: This is not a book for somebody who wants an introduction to Chuck Close and his body of work. It's for people who already know his work well and just want to revel in it.
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