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Malkovich Exhibit at Fahey/Klein Gallery on La Brea

Sandro Miller re-envisioning of photograph by Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014.  ©Sandro Miller.
In one image, Sandro Miller shot John Malkovich as a migrant mother, replicating the original, famous photograph by Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014. ©Sandro Miller.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery on North La Brea has a fascinating exhibit through March 21st  that combines the talents of photographer Sandro Miller and actor John Malkovich to recreate some of the world’s most iconic photographs: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.

The exhibit  “pays homage to photographic history through the genius of a photographer and his muse” – meaning Miller has put Malkovich front and center in the portraits, including studies of such important works as 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; and Richard Avedon’s beekeeper, among many others.

The attention to detail, light and emotion prove the talents of both photographer and actor are phenomenal: when you realize it really IS Malkovich in the photo it’s almost eerie.

The Fahey/Klein gallery shared the following on how Sandro Miller accomplished this work:

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.

Located at 148 N. La Brea Ave, the gallery show is well worth a visit before it closes mid March.

Fahey/Klein Gallery
OPEN: Tues – Saturday, 10 am -6 pm
148 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 934-2250
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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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