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Photogravure on silk collé
Vik Muniz’s self-portrait and portrait of Seu Jorge relates to the series of color photographs titled Pictures of Magazines, 2003. Friend of Vik, Seu Jorge, achieved fame as a singer while living on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and later appeared in the films City of God and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. In this portrait, Muniz pays tribute to his friend and to Chuck Close, whose photography-based prints also portray his friends.
Using a hole-punch, the artist cut thousands of tiny paper circles from magazines and arranged them in a collage to create a portraits of Seu Jorge and himself. For the print edition, the image was photographed and printed as a photogravure. To achieve luminosity and color, the image was printed on silk collé, light silk adhered to heavy rag paper. Chuck Close also used the collé method in several of his Fingerprint series published by Graphicstudio in 1986.