In this self-portrait Chuck Close looks directly into the lens of Jerry Spagnoli's daguerreotype camera. Close used a bright flash, a dark background, and a short focal length in order to enhance the immediacy and three-dimensionality of the portrait. Close recently commented about this project, "it was more warts-and-all than any other process. Because [the medium is] so red-sensitive, any marks, any flaws are heightened. . . . Each one of these people who lent me their image with no control over how it's going to come out, in this act of incredible generosity, had to put away whatever self-image they had of how they looked and accept this other image as being them."