Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters

Sandro Miller, Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014
Sandro Miller, Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), 2014

Instead of lamenting the beginning of a new week, reacquaint yourself with the time in 2014 when renowned American portrait photographer Sandro Miller collaborated with the singular John Malkovich on a series of uncanny recreations of iconic photos taken by photographers whose work helped shape Miller’s own career in photography.

Sandro Miller, Bert Stern / Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962), 2014
Sandro Miller, Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (A), 2014

The series is titled Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters. In addition to honoring the work of the original photographers, it’s an amazing showcase of Miller’s own impressive craft, his ability to recreate the composition, lighting, and tone of each famous photo.

Sandro Miller, Gordon Parks / American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (1942), 2014
Sandro Miller, Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014

Plus, with Malkovich serving as the subject of each photo, wearing the same hair, the same makeup, the same clothes (or lack thereof), and mimicking the facial expressions and poses of the original photo subjects with an accuracy that’s equal parts astonishing and unsettling, this series is the stuff both dreams and nightmares are made of.

Sandro Miller, Annie Leibovitz / John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980), 2014
Sandro Miller, Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951), 2014

From the exhibition statement: In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. 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.”

Sandro Miller, Andy Warhol / Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986), 2014
Sandro Miller, Victor Skrebneski / Bette Davis (1971), Los Angeles Studio, 2014

For as many photos as you see here, I’ve only just scratched the surface of this unforgettable exhibition. Visit the Catherine Edelman Gallery website to view the series in its entirety.

Sandro Miller, David Bailey / Mick Jagger “Fur Hood” (1964), 2014
Sandro Miller, Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960), 2014
Sandro Miller, Irving Penn / Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957), 2014
Sandro Miller, Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014
Sandro Miller, Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014

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