JOHN Malkovich has tackled quite a heady challenge for any actor – portraying a world full of diverse ‘celebrities’ from across the decades in Sandro Miller’s captivating recreation of famous photos in history.
There he is, clinging to a Yoko Ono lookalike as John Lennon in a salute to Annie Liebovitz’s 1980 iconic snap, spookily taken only hours before the rock legend’s assassination.
Oh, and there he is again with his tongue poking out as Albert Einstein did in 1951 for Arthur Sasse.
Staring courageously and resolutely into the distance as Che Guevara in Alberto Korda’s 1960 cult-status image, found on everything from t-shirts to coffee cups in the modern day.
Mick Jagger, Meryl Streep, Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Hemingway are but a few additional names included in the catch.
I’m tempted to write the word ‘rendition’ in reference to Miller’s work in this exhibition – however, the prints are something more than simply one person’s take on another’s art and idea.
Perhaps the spirit is best captured by the exhibition’s subtitle – ‘homage to photographic masters’.
The creativity hanging from these walls is a solemn tribute to all of the greats who have clicked before, and dared to snap the so-familiar in a very different light.