At the age of 16, Sandro Miller discovered the work of Irving Penn and decided to become a photographer. He taught himself the art of composition, portraits and light through by studying the great photographers. Thirty years later, he secured himself a place in the fashion world. His commercial success allowed Miller to devote time to personal work, like his series on American blues musicians and his collaborations with John Malkovich, including Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic masters.
In this series, Malkovich embodies and honors those who influenced Miller’s career. Malkovich is unrecognizable as a nude John Lennon curled up against Yoko Ono, as an imperial Che Guevara, as Dorothea Lange’s migrant mother, and a self-portrait of Mapplethorpe with a revolver. The icon is the center of Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Master. There’s Jean-Paul Gaultier by Pierre & Gilles, Mick Jagger by David Bailey, Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. Malkovich is more of a chameleon than ever before. His friend and accomplice Miller appropriates the different personalities of these major figures and rewrites a certain history of photography, illustrating with humor and talent the link that unites artist and muse.
Sandro Miller, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters
Les Rencontres d’Arles
From July 6th to September 20th, 2015
Abbaye de Montmajour