Photographer Sandro Miller Recreates Famous Portraits With John Malkovich As His Model
Renowned photographer Sandro Miller has worked together with legendary Hollywood A-Lister John Malkovich many times, but when Miller wanted to celebrate the photography greats that had inspired and guided him, he had to do something special. So he, with Malkovich as his dashing unisex model, recreated some of those influential photographers’ most important portraits in a photo series called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”
The series puts both Miller’s exceptional photography and Malkovich’s masterful acting talents front and center. Miller gets each amazing portrait’s lighting, mood and composition down perfectly, while Malkovich replicates the subject’s emotions and expressions so perfectly that the photos become nearly indistinguishable, regardless of the age or gender of the original subject. And it was all done without Photoshop!
- Bert Stern / Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962), 2014
- Irving Penn / Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957), 2014
- Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (A), 2014
- Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014
- Andy Warhol / Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986), 2014
- Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014
- Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014
- Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951), 214
- Victor Skrebneski / Bette Davis (1971), Los Angeles Studio, 2014
- Edward Sheriff Curtis / Three Horses (1905), 2014
NoPlace, Tidens Krav, and UKS in Oslo, Norway
NoPlace is an artist run space organized by Jason Havneraas, Kristian Skylstad, Karen Nikgol, Hans Christian Skovholt, and Petter Buhagen. During Not Red But Green, Per Kristian Nygård constructed and grew an impressive, hilly landscape of grassy mounds, receding mysteriously into an interior room. By estimation, the lawn may have receded thirty feet or so, but illusion stretched this to visually harbor the scale of true hillsides, presenting the viewer with elvish wonderment about process as well as intention. Several small children in attendance had to be warded off from climbing onto the greenway, and this was no wonder, for there was an instinctual and inviting pull from the grass, making one want to depart from the conventions of art viewership. The grass sculpture was grown in entirety from seeds that had been planted two or two-and-a-half weeks earlier, and the mound formations brought to mind Icelandic lore of Huldufólk, or Hidden People, the mythical inhabitants of stones and mounds. I asked Kristian Nygård if there was a connection to this Icelandic lore of the land, and he said not in particular, and rather he’s engaging with what he described as “basic sculpture” (seeds and soil) and “just works in space. ” Simply put, he said he was “trying to make something that doesn’t make sense.” Kristian Nygård also described how undertaking these interior sculptures involve finding out particularities and the labor of becoming “your own assistant and a gardener.” A visceral connection to craft and an open sense of process took hold, eclipsing the end result of production or concept of object.
Photography by Prue Stent
Melbourne based, RMIT photography student Prue Stent's work is spontaneous, yet intended. It is soft lensed yet bold coloured. It is delicate, and vulnerable yet approaches issues with a strong sense of opinion. It is striking, enticing, and her signature is undeniable.
With her work often exploring the relationship between femininity and nature, human form and landscape, her works often appear as one thing but inherit several meanings. Although her images regularly feature pastel colours, interesting shapes and forms, the intricacy of the photo’s subject often appears delicate. She orientates her natural backdrops–with human and object subjects– into a translation of the almost symbiotic relationship between them.
John Brophy, ‘Dream of Venus’
Photographer: Paulina Otylie Surys