Work by photographer Chris Close returns to 2010 Edinburgh Book Festival
Portraits of visiting authors appear in Charlotte Square for second year
This article is from 2010.
Chris Close, the photographer behind last year's successful 'almost live' photography display at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, is set to return to Charlotte Square this year with a new series of portraits of visiting authors.
Visiting authors such as Will Self, Carol Ann Duffy and Alasdair Gray were captured in 2009, in a process with an amazingly rapid turnaround: photos taken one day were printed and ready to display by the next morning. The sessions themselves were no less hectic: 'I usually only have a matter of minutes, so you have to build up a rapport very quickly,' says Close.
Pictures of last year's attendees will be displayed from the start of the festival, with the new portraits appearing as the festival progresses. Guests, and potential models for Close, this year include Roddy Doyle, actor Simon Callow and Scottish cycling adventurer Mark Beaumont. The exhibition, which is free to the public and runs throughout the Book Festival, was very popular last year, and a similar reception is expected for 2010. 'The feedback was overwhelming,' says Close. 'I received word from many people that they went in every day, to see the new work.'
The only worry is that the artwork, hanging outside the tents, is prey to the inclement elements of Scottish summer – last year, portraits of Carol Ann Duffy and A. L. Kennedy were blown to the ground. Close is unperturbed though. 'Printed on canvas, they have proved remarkably resilient.' Let's hope his sunny outlook extends to the weather.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place at Charlotte Square from Sat 14–Mon 30 Aug. For more information on Chris Close, including the purchasing of prints - including all of those seen here - visit www.chrisclose.com