Gallery FIFTY ONE presents the remarkable portrait series ‘Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich: Homage to the Masters’, by the American photographer Sandro Miller (°1985) with the actor John Malkovich in the leading role.
For this project, Miller went back to the iconic images that have always inspired and moved him in his career as a photographer and recreated these memorable classics with his close friend and muse John Malkovich as his model. Under Miller’s close direction, Malkovich masterly transformed himself into a diverse set of characters, ranging from John Lennon to Marilyn Monroe and Picasso to Dorothea Lange’s iconic ‘migrant mother’.
Next to Malkovich’s brilliant chameleon-like performance, the strength of this series lies in the amount of effort that Miller put into fully understanding the image he wanted to recreate both on a technical and emotional level. The actual shootings in 2014 and 2017 were preceded by 2 years of research to ensure that every detail was correct. Even the sizes of the prints and the way they are framed approaches the original as closely as possible, adding to the experience of viewing this series in real life. The result is not a gimmick nor a parody, but a successful homage to the masters of photography and a report of a brilliant collaboration between two contemporary artist that deserves its own spot in photography history.
Press release courtesy Gallery Fifty One.