The 20×24 Polaroid cameras have photographed three presidents and a scattering of vice-presidents and first and second ladies, and a few days ago Chuck Close added another to the credits list: Barack Obama sat down before the lens, at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington. Close plans to use them (as he often does) as source material for a painting and a tapestry portrait.

The president poses.

Obama and Close review the day’s take.

End-of-the-day celebration by the team.

Scrutinizing the work, as it’s set up on the copy stand afterward.

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