Renowned photographer Sandro Miller and equally renowned actor John Malkovich have collaborated for 16 years. Their latest project, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, is an homage to the men and women whose photographs have shaped Miller’s own career. What better way to do this than to re-stage them, and what better person to re-stage them with, Miller thought, than John Malkovich? The result is bizarre but humorous. It’s also a testament to Malkovich’s acting skills, as he embodies the famous subjects in each photo.
On his longtime collaborator, Miller says: “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.”
Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951)
Pierre et Gilles / Jean Paul Gaultier (1990)
Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957)
Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967)
Andy Warhol / Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986)
Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (A)
Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dali (1954)
Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936)
Annie Leibovitz / John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980)
Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973)
Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960)
The photos are on exhibit at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago from November 7, 2014 through January 31, 2015. You can contact the gallery if you want a print of two Malkoviches in dresses for your own collection.