For the 20th Annual Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair Magazine, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson and seventeen other courageous celebrities ditched makeup and go bare-faced for a special editorial with photographer Chuck Close who worked with a rare 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera to shoot the images.

Oprah Winfrey who recently celebrated her 60th birthday and can be seen in a very different editorial on the cover of Essence Magazine, looking uber-glam alongside fellow actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan and Forest Whitaker, is exudes confidence as she smiles for Close.



Joining the media mogul Oprah Winfrey are fellow actresses the 29-year-old Scarlett Johansson and 38-year-old Kate Winslet who both look equally happy to pose bare-faced. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts were among the other seventeen courageous Hollywood heavyweights who dared to bare their faces for Close’s camera. All participants are captured in casual wear with no hair styling.

The images were taken with a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid and working with strict rules, Ccelebrity portraitist took 7-10 minutes to produce each image.

Close’s non-negotiable and strict ground rules for his famous subjects—who all posed on a little stool directly in front of the massive bellows of the camera—included: (1) Arrive alone or with one close friend or associate. (2) Be available for three hours. (3) Be responsible for your own look—no professional styling or hair or makeup. (4) Be content with coffee and deli sandwiches or salads—nothing fancy will be served. (5) Get to the studio under your own steam.

To see more of the images as well as some behind-the-scenes shots and the interview with Close on Vanity Fair.


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