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Daily Archives: September 23, 2014

Iconic Portrait Photos Throughout History Recreated with John Malkovich as the Subject

My friend Jill sent me this link to work by a former student of heres, at first I just scanned the pictures and assumed it was a photoshop job, then more intrigued I read the text, (note to self, reading still helps) and found out they are all new re-creations.



Upon first glance, the photo above looks like Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Motherphoto captured in 1936. Then you realize that the woman in the frame is definitely notFlorence Owens Thompson, the woman in the original image. Looking a more closely, you start to notice an uncanny resemblance to actor John Malkovich.

Turns out that is John Malkovich you see. American photographer Sandro Millercollaborated with the actor to recreate some of the most famous portraits captured throughout history. The project is titled, “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”……

Miller first began his photographer career at the age of 16. Over the next three decades, he rose to become one of the world’s leading advertising photographers.

Aside from his work in the industry, Miller continues to create personal projects, including lengthy collaborations with Malkovich. Miller first met his long time friend back in the late 1990s while shooting photographs for Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago (Malkovich became a charter member there in 1976).

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich was started in 2013 after Sandro wanted to pay tribute to the photographers who have inspired him and shaped his photographic career. He selected 35 iconic photos, and then enlisted the eager help of Malkovich.



all images Sandro Miller

See the rest of the images and read the article here

Posing, lighting & editing tricks for flattering portraits of mature subjects

Actually everyone needs a bit of help so don’t just use these for the more ‘mature’ subjects, don’t you just love that use of the word, I’m ancient but rarely mature!

From Digital Camera World

In this tutorial we’ll show you some clever portrait photography ideas you can try – from simple lighting tricks to clever Photoshop edits – to make a subject look their very best, whatever their age….Portrait photographers are repeatedly asked the same three questions: “Can you make me look younger?”, “Can you get rid of my wrinkles?” and “Can you shave off a few pounds?”.

The answer to all three is – within reason – “Yes!” There are several simple things we can do as photographers to make someone look their best, whatever their age and size. And it’s not magic, it’s just a combination of flattering light, good posing, and a few subtle digital trick


you might also like to take our Portrait Course starting 3rd November if you live near Oxford, we have lots more tips and tricks to help you get a great portrait