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Swiss artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger play with history, creating 3D replicas of iconic photographs in their Zurich studio from cardboard, wood and glue.
For their ongoing Icons series -- on show at Photo London this week -- they 'remake' important world events. Among their scenes is man's first step on the moon, recreated from Edwin Aldrin's 1969 image, and the Paris Concorde crash, as captured by Toshihiko Sato in 2000.
© EAST WING 2017/courtesy of Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger
Their final compositions reveal their conceit. Cortis and Sonderegger pull back the camera from their sculptures to show the surrounding studio and the accoutrements of their craft -- glue, tape and cotton wool. Past and present intertwine, and the viewer is asked to question fact and fiction.
'One should not simply trust photography,' Cortis explains. 'When there was no digital image processing, there was still a means to stage a picture or direct it in one way.'
The duo began the project as a joke in 2012. 'In our free time, when there's no money coming in, we decided to try to recreate the most expensive pictures in the world,' Cortis says.
Now they've created a body of 50 images -- nine of which are being shown at Photo London by Dubai-based East Wing gallery
-- that will culminate in a 2018 book, published by Thames & Hudson.
1/14 – Sam Shere
At first glance it could appear like an elaborate movie set. In fact, it's a miniature model of photographer Sam Shere's well-known 1937 image of the Hindenburg disaster. The eerily realistic work is one of around a dozen famous pictures recreated by Swiss artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger. Credit: Courtesy Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger
Their 3D miniatures are deliberately low-fi in construction. Look closely and you'll spot the wood grain that doubles for ripples on the sea, or the cotton wool used to evoke clouds. Photoshop work is restricted to colour adjustments only.
runs until 21 May 2017 at Somerset House, London.
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