The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, a new photographic collaboration between Chicago photographer Sandro Miller and actor John Malkovich.
In 2013, Sandro set out to complete an ambitious series honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting forty one 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: Homage to Photographic Masters honors the photographs that have inspired and impacted Sandro, including Irving Penn’s portrait of Truman Capote crouched in a corner; Bert Stern’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange’s image of a migrant mother during the Great Depression; Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait with gun; Annie Leibovitz’s image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono shot for Rolling Stone Magazine; Diane Arbus’ iconic photograph of a boy holding a toy hand grenade; Richard Avedon’s beekeeper, among many others.
Sandro and his studio spent a year fastidiously researching each original photograph– studying every detail, hunting down outtakes from the shoots, and interviewing photographers. Each detail captured in the original photographs had to be painstakingly recreated in Sandro’s version. After a year of planning, Miller and his team of set builders, make-up experts and costume designers worked with Malkovich over six 15 hour days in Sandro?s Chicago Studio. Each set was pre-lit and dressed, waiting for Malkovich to transition from one character to the next.
John Malkovich is considered to be one the greatest American actors of the 21st century. In Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, he demonstrates his chameleon-like proclivity, morphing into Albert Einstein, Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon and Andy Warhol. Through his immense skill and Sandro’s amazing photographic eye, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters pays homage to photographic history through the genius of a photographer and his muse.
Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters
Feb 12, through March 21, 2015