Monday, September 29, 2014

Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters




Sandro Miller has recreated 35 iconic images from photographic history, using a new model -- John Malkovich.  I bet you will recognize many of the images that these photographs reference, and I bet they will make you smile. 


Sandro Miller, Andy Warhol : Green Marilyn (1962), 2014


Sandro Miller, Albert Watson : Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014


Sandro Miller, Alberto Korda : Che Guevera (1960), 2014


Sandro Miller, Irving Penn : Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957), 2014


Sandro Miller, Herb Ritts : Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (A), 2014


Sandro Miller, Art Shay : Simone de Beauvoir (1950), 2014


Sandro Miller, Pierre et Gilles : Jean Paul Gaultier (1990), 2014


Sandro Miller, Diane Arbus : Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), 2014


Sandro Miller, Edward Sheriff Curtis : Three Horses (1905), 2014


Sandro Miller, Bert Stern : Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962), 2014


Sandro Miller, Philippe Halsman : Salvador Dali (1954), 2014


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


Sandro Miller, Dorothea Lange : Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014


Sandro Miller, Yousuf Karsh : Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014


Sandro Miller, Victor Skrebneski : Bette Davis, Actor 09 November (1971), Los Angeles Studio, 2014


Sandro Miller, Annie Liebovitz : John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980), 2014


Sandro Miller, Arthur Sasse : Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951), 2014


Sandro Miller, Andy Warhol : Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986), 2014



Information on the artist, Sandro Miller, and this project:

At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self-taught, Sandro relied on books published by many of the great artists canonized in photographic history.  Through their pictures, he learned the art of composition, lighting and portraiture. More than 30 years later, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW, Sandro has secured his place as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide. 

His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavors with John Malkovich, his long time friend and collaborator. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s, while working on a job for  Steppenwolf Theater Steppenwolf Theater. More than 16 years later, Sandro and John are still collaborating, which can be seen in their latest project, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich.


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.”  

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich honors photographs that have impacted Sandro. Pieces include Irving Penn's photograph of Truman Capote in a corner; Bert Stern's photographs of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange's image of a migrant mother; Robert Mapplethorpe's self-portrait with a gun; Annie Leibovitz's iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono;  Richard Avedon's beekeeper, among many others.

John Malkovich is considered to be one the greatest American actors of the 21st century. In Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich, he demonstrates his chameleon-like proclivity, morphing into Albert Einstein, Che Guevara, John Lennon and Andy Warhol. Through his immense skill and Sandro’s amazing photographic eye, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich pays respect to photographic history through the genius of a photographer and his muse.


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all images featured in this post are by Sandro Miller, and were found here



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Miles Aldridge

Well let's add a little beauty and color to the day, shall we?

These photos by Miles Aldridge pack a punch.  I love them.



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all photos featured in this post are by Miles Aldridge and were found here.


About the artist....

Miles Aldridge was born in London in 1964, where he continues to live and work today. He studied at Central St. Martin’s and after graduating worked briefly as an illustrator before finding his way to photography in 1993. He is best known for his images of glamorous but disconcerted women that combine vibrant colour, cinematic narrative, and meticulous attention to detail. His photographs appear regularly in international publications including British Vogue, American Vogue, The Face, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and most notably Vogue Italia, who he has worked closely with throughout his career. There are several books devoted to his work, including Pictures for Photographs (2009) and Other Pictures (2012) as well as I Only Want You to Love Me (2013), an extensive monograph of his photographs and drawings. Earlier this year he was invited to do a temporary installation for Tate Britain and in 2013, Somerset House held a major retrospective of his work.


biographical details mentioned above were found here



As a side note, here are some of my thoughts on color....

I used to wear black all of the time. Constantly -- pretty much every day. As I have gotten older I have started to embrace color and pattern more. Partially because black can be harsh, even though it can be classic, simple, beautiful, and elegant, and partially because it is good to mix things up in life. As I get older (44 at this point -- gulp!), I find flattering colors are so helpful to place near the face, and can brighten and enhance the appearance in a good way. So...I say embrace color as much as you can. Some colors I cannot IMAGINE wearing, but I can still appreciate their beauty and their powerful impact.

My co-workers and I were just discussing our least liked colors. One said purple. The other said salmon. HA! These opinions were give by two straight dudes, so I think that makes sense. I happen to love those colors, but to each his/her own! I said that grey and taupe were my least favorite colors, mostly because they are bland and VERY unflattering against my skin (unless paired with other colors). I'm not trying to give neutrals the cold shoulder -- they certainly have their place. But I think it would be sad to live in a grey or taupe world -- talk about downerville! Then again living in an all lemon yellow world would be rather alarming.  So use color as you see fit -- a little here or a little there, or go balls out with it.  I find I am too shy to wear some colors and patterns, but sometimes it is fun to decorate with the wilder options.  :)

One of my sisters always wears the wrong colors.  And the wrong makeup.  It is weird.  And rather jarring to see her at times. Truth be told, sometimes I am not always sure which colors look best on me.  Lately I have been having trouble finding the right lipstick -- I have been trying to branch out and try new colors, and sometimes it backfires.  At home I think the exciting new vibrant lipstick color works, but by the time I get in the car or to work I decide it DOESN'T work.  UGH.  Annoying!  But I am certain of the colors that look TERRIBLE on me (GREY!!!! NAVY!!!), and I try to avoid them if at all possible.  If you have these same issues, just make note when someone tells you a color looks GOOD on you (as long as they are a trusted source), and incorporate that color as much as possible.  :)





Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bowl Cut


Thoughts on the bowl cut / helmet head / mushroom cap? I'd say its one redeeming quality is that it makes me laugh.


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