Photographer Recreates Iconic Portraits Using John Malkovich as His Model

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 Dal (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
via [Demilked], [PetaPixel]

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