Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue shows stars without the usual layers of cover-up and expert facial shading. Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and other celebrities were captured without the assistance of professional makeup artists in this rare photography series.
The stars are shown through the lens of renowned artist Chuck Close who is known for his large-scale photorealistic portraits. For this project, he used a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera which was developed in the 1970s and can be used to yield life-size portraits. Because it’s a Polaroid, a large print also means that the film itself is quite large; in fact it’s bigger than most large-format film.
Close, along with Andy Warhol, was one of the first artists to use this camera. One reason the photographer chose to use a Polaroid for the series was because of its immediacy—both the photographer and the model could inspect the images throughout the photo shoot.