Chuck Close, Collaborating in a Big Way

A new exhibit of Chuck Close’s photos shows not just mastery of everything from daguerreotypes to 20×24 Polaroid images, but also his penchant for collaboration.

Not every photograph Chuck Close makes ends up as a painting, but every painting Chuck Close creates starts out with a photograph. And while there are certain rules about which photos become paintings — family and friends take precedence — it’s also evident that he has experimented with many techniques, from the 19th-century Woodburytype, daguerreotype and Jacquard tapestry, to the large-scale Polaroid and modern-day hologram.

Letter to Chuck Close from the digital artist whom he threatened with a lawsuit

Scott Blake is a computer artist who created a Photoshop plug-in called th “Chuck Close Filter,” which transformed images into mosaics reminiscent of the famous hand-made mosaics create…

Scott Blake is a computer artist who created a Photoshop plug-in called th "Chuck Close Filter," which transformed images into mosaics reminiscent of the famous hand-made mosaics created by Chuck Close, whom Blake calls "the 14th richest living artist." Close objected to the filter, and threatened legal action, so Blake complied; although Blake believes that what he's made is legal under the doctrine of fair use, he can't afford to litigate against a multimillionaire adversary.