Book makes its mark with portaits of top authors

Chris Close has taken more than 500 portraits of authors for his exhibitions.
Chris Close has taken more than 500 portraits of authors for his exhibitions.

Top Scottish photographer and writer Chris Close, who hails from St Andrews, is set to release a book of unique portraits next week.

Entitled ‘Between the Lines - Portraits of Authors’, the photographs featured are taken from annual exhibitions Chris has held since 2009 alongside the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The authors are photographed - sometimes up to 15 a day - against a simple backdrop, printed onto canvas and then the following day the pictures are hung around the festival gardens in Charlotte Square as a growing exhibition that is the largest of its type in the world.

“The feedback I receive is gratifying as people come in again and again to see what fresh work has been added each day,” said Chris.

Born and brought up in St Andrews - his late dad Peter was a teacher at Madras College and his mum Anne still stays in the town - Chris (48) studied photographic sciences in London after leaving Dundee High School before returning to Scotland to work as an assistant.

“I always thought I’d go back to London but I never did,” said Chris, who now lives in Edinburgh.

He does do his fair share of travelling, however. He works with a range of global clients such as Rolex, Seychelles Tourist Board and Intelligent Life.

‘Between the Lines - Portraits of Authors’ is published by Capercaille Press and will be available from July 30.

Dave Gorman as captured by Chris Close and now featured in his book 'Between the Lines - Portraits of Authors'.

Dave Gorman as captured by Chris Close and now featured in his book 'Between the Lines - Portraits of Authors'.