Hardcover, 72 pages, 210 x 275 mm. 52 color and duotone plates
One Step Big Shot investigates portraiture in the work of Gus Van Sant, one of cinema’s most influential directors. The title references a quick and direct act of picture making: the use of Polaroid cameras and films. In the hands of Van Sant, a 'big shot' was 'one step' in the production of his early films. Drawn from hundreds of Polaroid photographs, this book pivots on the act and artifact of portraiture. These portraits - including actors Patricia Arquette, Crispin Glover, Patricia Clarkson, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Casey Affleck and others - exemplify Van Sant’s considerable talents, and also provoke a discussion about representation.
Published as an extension of the exhibit "One Step Big Shot: Portraits by Andy Warhol and Gus Van Sant" at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon (May 15 - September 5, 2010), the book opens with an insightful essay by the Museum's curator of American and regional art, Lawrence Fong.