Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Chuck Close
January 10–February 2, 2008

“The thing I love about daguerreotypes is that everything I love in photography was already there at the very beginning – 1840. The incredible detail. The incredible range, from the brightest highlight of white, sometimes solarized, almost bluish in color, to the deepest, darkest, most velvety blacks. I love that. I love the fact that, as opposed to so many photographs that are painting-sized, which thirty people can stand in front of, each daguerreotype requires the active participation of one viewer. It’s intimate, one-on-one, personal.”

(excerpt from an interview with Chuck Close and Bob Holman by Lyle Rexer, A Couple of Ways of Doing Something)