John Malkovich teamed up with photographer Sandro Miller for an upcoming exhibition in which Malkovich poses in re-creations of iconic photographs. In my opinion, the exhibition, “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters,” is well-executed with respect to the originals. All too often, concepts and images are blatantly ripped off while pretending to not be or not caring about doing so. This project shows respect and restraint. Although some of it’s in good fun and a bit witty, it doesn’t take away from the original. If anything, I feel it reintroduces that iconic photography. Some are executed better than others, but overall, it feels like a kind-hearted nod to the greats.
Here are my favorites, original and re-creations.
Irving Penn/Pablo Picasso (1957)
Richard Avedon/Ronald Fisher, Beekeeper (1981)
Robert Mapplethorpe/Self Portrait (1983)
Dorothea Lange/Migrant Mother (1936)