When established photographer Sandro Miller decided to do a project to honor the photographers who had inspired him and shaped his career, he called on his longtime friend and frequent collaborator John Malkovich to help him. The Hollywood legend instantly agreed, and consequently helped bring to life Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, a brilliant series of 35 recreations of iconic portraits, all starring the actor as the subject.
Miller's project is a testament to his skill as a photographer, with each frame faithfully capturing the original image's lighting, mood, and composition. The depictions are so spot-on that, at first glance, it might appear as though each shot was a mere Photoshop creation. It's even more incredible to learn that Miller took the time to recreate each famous portrait with an individual photo shoot.
The series also speaks to Malkovich's acting prowess, as the chameleon-like performer transformed himself into an extraordinary range of characters for the collection of photos. "John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know," Miller said of his photographic muse. "His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator."
Above: Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014
Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014
Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960), 2014
Andy Warhol / Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986), 2014
Irving Penn / Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957), 2014
Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951), 2014
Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967)
Victor Skrebneski / Bette Davis, Actor, 08 November (1971), Los Angeles Studio, 2014
Annie Leibovitz / John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980), 2014
Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014
David Bailey / Mick Jagger "Fur Hood" (1964), 2014
Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014
Gordon Parks / American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (1942), 2014
Bert Stern / Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962), 2014
Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (A), 2014
Sandro Miller's website
Catherine Edelman Gallery's website
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