American photorealist and photographer Chuck Close was invited by by Vanity Fair to photograph 20 of Hollywood’s brightest personalities, a star-studded roster that included Julia Roberts, Robert de Niro, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and Martin Scorsese to name a few, for the magazine’s 20th Hollywood issue. For this project, Close used a Polaroid 20×24 instant camera. Believe it or not, this particular camera model, which was manufactured by Polaroid in 1970, delivers instant prints 20 × 24 inches in size.
Since 2008, Brazilian artist Raquel Brust has been transforming the streets of Sao Paulo into an outdoor exhibition with her enormous black and white portraits.
Giganto aims to use the urban architecture of a bustling city as a backdrop for traditional photography. See more of the incredible series below.
via Junk Culture