Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich – Homage to Photographic Masters, is a solo exhibition of photographs by world renowned Chicago-based photographer Sandro Miller. For this exhibition Sandro has reinterpreted a selection of iconic photographs that have been of great importance for his own career. He painstakingly re-staged some of the hallmarks in the history of the medium and then introduced only one significant change; their main subject became John Malkovich. This celebrated actor has known Miller for over 18 years and they have collaborated on several occasions since they met at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Now they have joined forces again to showcase both the chameleon-like qualities of Malkovich as an actor and Millers' expertise in the field of photography.
Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich is not an act of ironic appropriation. Rather, it is a thoughtful and honest attempt to relive exciting moments in photographic history and to give homage to the often famous subjects and creators of these images. Miller is investigating what makes a portrait stand out in the collective memory. Only by deconstructing the intriguing, intricate interplay between character, camera and setting can he hope to come close as possible to the original. He has asked John Malkovich to take on the roles of Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Albert Einstein, Meryl Streep and Che Guevara amongst about twenty other wildly unique subjects. Miller in turn has played the part of Richard Avedon, William Klein, Diane Arbus and many other greats of the genre. As a self-taught photographer he has grown accustomed to respectful emulation as a way to master his craft.
Sandro Miller is a two-time recipient of the Lucie Foundation “International Photographer of the Year Award” and a prominent commercial photographer with clients including American Express, Nike, BMW and Coca-Cola. He is an ambassador for Nikon USA. His editorial work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, GQ and Esquire. Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich has previously been exhibited at Catherine Edelman gallery, Chicago, Fahey/Klein gallery, LA, Camerimage Film Festival, Torun, Poland and Les Rencontres d'Arles Photographie in Arles, France.