“Christofer C. Dierdorff has been photographing for 26 years, with over 20 years in portraiture alone. Over the years, his portraits have included many world leaders and celebrities including President Clinton, Princess Margaret, Madeleine Albright, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lech Walesa, Maya Angelou, Salman Rushdie, Nicolas Cage, David Hockney, Linus Pauling, William Burroughs and Francis Ford Coppola.
Dierdorff's large-scale color portraits (30x40 and 40x50 inches), though, are strictly non-commercial, made only for exhibition as fine art. It's not my intent to run off to TMZ and sell these things, he says. The intent is to create them as art.
And art they are. While Dierdorff calls them confrontational portraits, because they're often uncomfortable to look at due to their size and perspective, he has found a unique way to capture someone's spirit in a remarkably visceral way.
Dierdorff has been commissioned by the United Nations, RCA Music Group, Oxygen Media and MTV and was awarded a New York Times Outstanding Excellence in Photojournalism award, as well as an Emmy Award for outstanding individual achievement. Dierdorff received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1977.”