original photo by Stuart Franklin
Photographers Joakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger have crafted “Ikonen“, a remarkably powerful series in which iconic photos of historically paramount events are recreated in miniature. The duo stated that the project started as a labor of love.
We both make our living through photography; we do commissions, but two years ago we decided to do something for our own pleasure. The “Icons” project started with Andreas Gursky’s photograph “Rhein II” that was at that moment the most expensive photograph in the world. Initially we had an idea to recreate only the most expensive photographs. Then we realized that it is too difficult – it is too much hard work trying to recreate a human from a picture by Cindy Sherman or Jeff Wall, for example. Besides, the choice of simpler images is not so big.
Our works are still-lives that imitate other genres of photography. We usually start by having an idea – one of us has an idea. Then we discuss it: is it a truly iconic shot? Is it world-famous or just locally-famous? Sometimes there are a few photographs of some kind of an important event. We need to pick the most famous one.
original photo by Ludwig Wegmann
photo via Today in Photo History
original photo via NASA
original photo via Tate
project images via Joakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger