A Couple of Ways of Doing Something presents a collection of the intimate, close-up photographs for which revered photorealist Chuck Close has become best-known. Portraits of artists, such as Cindy Sherman, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass are accompanied by poetry written by Bob Holman. Close chose to make the portraits using the daguerreotype method, believing it to be the most intimate and least falsified form of dialog. The daguerreotype was one of the most popular photographic techniques in the early 19th-century allowing photographers to capture their subjects with merciless detail, and rich tonal qualities. Close's portraits capture the intimate exchange between sitter and photographer, as he required them to remain absolutely motionless in front of the lens.