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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.

Dorothea_Lange___Migrant_Mother_Nipomo_California_date_2014

Annie_Leibovitz___John_Lennon_and_Yoko_Ono_1980_2014

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.

Alberto_Korda___Che_Guevara_1960_2014

Gordon_Parks___American_Gothic_Washington_D.C._date_2014

all images Sandro Miller

See the rest of the images and read the article here

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