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Photogaraper Christofer Dierdorff discusses his "confrontational" celebrity portraits

July 17, 2013
KCET

By Victoria Looseleaf

Stripping Away Artifice with Photographer Christofer Dierdorff

It's not your average photographer that consults with perceptual psychologists and physicists to hone a technique. But then again, Christofer Dierdorff is not your everyday shooter. Indeed, having created memorable portraits of some of the world's most celebrated people, from President Bill Clinton and David Hockney to Julia Child and Maya Angelou, the 60-year-old has a decidedly swoon-worthy portfolio.

Dierdorff's large-scale color portraits (30x40 and 40x50 inches), though, are strictly non-commercial, made only for exhibition as fine art. "It's not my intent to run off to TMZ and sell these things," he says. "The intent is to create them as art."

And art they are. While Dierdorff calls them "confrontational portraits," because they're often uncomfortable to look at due to their size and perspective, he has found a unique way to capture someone's spirit in a remarkably visceral way. Read More

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