What do photographers do between assignment? Well, Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger started recreating some of the most famous photography via miniatures! Starting With “Making of Rhein II”, their series Ikonen shows the pivotal moments in 20th and 21st century reborn as dioramas surrounded by the tools used to make them. So, the end result isn’t an uncanny copy, but an interesting look at the recreation, which is apt, considering that this project started on a lark.
“It started out as a joke,” Cortis told Wired “In our free time, when there’s no money coming in, we decided to try to recreate the most expensive pictures in the world.” Of course, he’s talking about Rhein II, which was sold for a truly ludicrous amount of money. Other images were a little more detailed, and took some more effort to create. They used balls of cotton, smoke machines, model vehicles and all sorts of materials a hobbyist would use for such a task. It was fun, but, as they discovered while recreating the Tienanmen photo, the work can drag on: “To build one tank is fun, the second is OK, but then the third one is not that much fun” The rest of the tanks were added with digital manipulation, but one of the boxes of the real Trumpeter made Type 59-B model tank can be seen in the background.
Though I have no doubt that someone will use the Moon footprint recreation as proof that the landing was a hoax.
208-N-43888, Charles Levy, 1945
9/11, Sean Adair, 2001
Tiananmen, Stuart Franklin, 1989
Nessie, Marmaduke Wetherell, 1934
AS11-40-5878, Edwin Aldrin, 1969
Concorde, Toshihiko Sato, 2000
Abu Ghraib, unknown US soldier, 2003
The Wright Brothers, John Thomas Daniels, 1903
The Hindenburg Disaster, Sam Shere, 1937
The last photo of the Titanic afloat, Francis Browne, 1912
Rhein II, Andreas Gursky, 1999
Five Soldiers Silhouette at the Battle of Broodseinde, Ernest Brooks, 1917
Olympia Munchen, Ludwig Wegmann, 1972
Mont Blanc: la Jonction,Louis-Auguste Bisson & Auguste-Rosalie Bisson, 1861