Kate Moss—–that face..

Kate Moss portrait by Chuck Close in the lobby of the Hotel Surrey on East 76th Street. Lobby photo by Paul Goldfinger © 2014 with Leica M-9 camera. Click image to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net.

Kate Moss is a famous model whose portrait greets guests near the elevators at the upscale hotel “Surrey” on East 76th Street.   Chuck Close, the photographer, is known for his unflinching photos of celebrities. Kate Moss didn’t mind that she would be without her facial protective armor–her makeup. She said that she has had enough pretty pictures over the years. She also posed naked for him, but not in the Surrey’s lobby.

I’m not a big fan of portraits because they are overrated as to what they reveal about the subjects, but this portrait of her face in your face has a powerful impact, not only physically, but knowing that one of the most beautiful women in the world would permit this image to be shown this way certainly says something about her.  If I shoot a portrait, I usually try for a candid view of someone in their natural environment.

I have never photographed a nude.  Why? Never had the opportunity.  Helmut Newton was famous for his highly erotic black and white photographs of long legged nudes.  His wife was present at every shoot.  Edward Weston, however, an American fine art photographer, was famous for sleeping with all his models, some of which were women while others were peppers. Weston’s hand made prints now sell for over $100,000 each. —Paul Goldfinger, editor @Blogfinger


MOONGLOWS  from the soundtrack of Goodfellas.