John Malkovich and Sandro Miller Recreate Iconic Photographs – And They Are Brilliant.

John Malkovich homage to famous photos

Instead of being John Malkovich, this time around, the actor is being everyone else. By that I mean, he has replaced the subject in many a famous photograph in Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich – Homage to photographic masters series by Sandro Miller.

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich – Homage to photographic masters series

You may have to look twice at some of these to note that it’s John Malkovich in lieu of the original subject. Some of these images are so iconic that our brains immediately replace them with the ‘known’ rather than the ‘new’.

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014, 14 x 11″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936)

In 2013, photographer Sandro Miller embarked on a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. As a youth, Sandro learned much about composition, lighting and portraiture by studying the published works of such photographic masters as Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, Dorthea Lange and Robert Mapplethorpe. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted actor John Malkovich, whom he first photographed for a Nikon campaign about 14 years ago and has worked with on several occasions. Now his long time friend and collaborator, John instantly agreed to participate and thus we have “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich – Homage to photographic masters series


above images courtesy of Candid Candace

When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. 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.”

Shown in this post are all* of the images from the show which opens November 7 and runs through January, 2015 at Chicago’s Catharine Edelman Gallery.

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), 2014, 15 x 15″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Irving Penn / Truman Capote, New York (1948), 2014, 10 x 8″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Irving Penn / Truman Capote, New York (1948)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Irving Penn / Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957), 2014, 18 x 18″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Irving Penn / Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014, 14 x 11″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Richard Avedon / Ronald Fisher, Beekeeper, Davis, California, May 9 (1981), 2014

The original photo:

the original above: Richard Avedon / Ronald Fisher, Beekeeper, Davis, California, May 9 (1981)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Gordon Parks / American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (1942), 2014, 14 x 11″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Gordon Parks / American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (1942)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, David Bailey / Mick Jagger “Fur Hood” (1964), 2014, 15 x 15″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: David Bailey / Mick Jagger “Fur Hood” (1964)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988)(D), 2014, 20 x 16″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (D)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Edward Sheriff Curtis / Three Horses (1905), 2014, 14 x 11″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Edward Sheriff Curtis / Three Horses (1905)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Carl Fischer / Muhammad Ali, New York (1967), 2014, 24 x 20″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Carl Fischer / Muhammad Ali, New York (1967)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Bert Stern / Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962), 2014, 19 x 13″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Bert Stern / Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Andy Warhol / Green Marilyn (1962), 2014, 29 x 29″ silkscreen, Total edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Andy Warhol / Green Marilyn (1962)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951), 2014, 8 x 10″, 20 x 24″ pigment print, Total edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Annie Leibovitz / John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980), 2014, 20 x 16″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Annie Leibovitz / John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960), 2014, 14 x 11″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Victor Skrebneski / Bette Davis, Actor, 08 November (1971), Los Angeles Studio, 2014, 19 x 19″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Victor Skrebneski / Bette Davis, Actor, 08 November (1971)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014, 20 x 16″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Robert Mapplethorpe / Self Portrait (1983), 2014, 14 x 14″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Robert Mapplethorpe / Self Portrait (1983)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Pierre et Gilles / Jean Paul Gaultier (1990), 2014, 20 x 16″ and 40 x 30″ pigment print, Total edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Pierre et Gilles / Jean Paul Gaultier (1990)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014, 24 x 20″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Art Shay / Simone de Beauvoir (1950), 2014, 14 x 11″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Art Shay / Simone de Beauvoir (1950)

John Malkovich:

above: Sandro Miller, Bill Brandt / Eyes (1960-1964) (A), 2014, 10 x 8″ pigment print, Edition of 35 + 5 AP’s

The original photo:

the original above: Bill Brandt / Eyes (1960-1964)

* there are three more variations on the Bill Brandt /Eyes image above in the exhibit

[At the top of this post: Sandro Miller, Andy Warhol / Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986), 2014, 29 x 29″ silkscreen, Total edition of 35 + 5 AP’s]
The original photo:

PURCHASING PRINTS:
Images from Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters are pigments prints made in a total edition of 35 + 5 AP’s. Pieces range in price from $2,500 to $12,000, depending on size and availability.

Warhol silkscreens from Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters are available as 28 x 28″ and 36 x 36″ silkscreens made in editions of 35 + 5 AP’s and 10, respectively. Pieces range in price from $9,500 to $22,000, depending on size and availability.

Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters November 7 — January 31, 2015
all images courtesy of the Edelman Gallery

Sandro Miller

Thanks to Petapixel for first bringing this wonderful exhibit to my attention.

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