(American, b. 1958)
Coming October 2019
Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters
The Mac-Gryder Gallery in New Orleans is pleased to present photographer Sandro Miller’s groundbreaking collaboration, “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.” The exhibition opens to the public beginning with an artist’s reception on Saturday, October 5, 2019 (6-9pm) as part of the citywide annual Art for Art’s Sake event.
For the first time in North America, the complete project will open as an entire show, comprising more than 60 photographs taken over two sessions in 2014 and 2017. Photographer Sandro Miller will be present for the opening.
For this project, Miller and his team painstakingly researched and prepared recreations of 62 iconic photographs that he says influenced him deeply as a photographer.
“This is a project that in hindsight was just insane to take on,” says Miller. “We did 41 shots in six 14-hour days in 2014. Then, in August of 2017, we shot another 21 in three days for a total of 61 to complete the homage series. We all knew, including John, that if we didn’t conquer every single shot to complete perfection, we could become the laughingstock of this very brutal industry.”
At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self-taught, Sandro relied on books published by many of the great artists canonized in photographic history. Through their pictures, he learned the art of composition, lighting and portraiture. More than 30 years later, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW, Sandro has secured his place as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide.
His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavors with John Malkovich, his long time friend and collaborator. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s, while working on a job for Steppenwolf Theater. More than 16 years later, Sandro and John are still collaborating, which can be seen in their latest project, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.
In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process... I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”
Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters honors photographs that have impacted Sandro. Pieces include Irving Penn’s photograph of Truman Capote in a corner; Bert Stern’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange’s image of a migrant mother; Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait with a gun; Annie Leibovitz’s iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Diane Arbus’s classic photo of a boy with a hand grenade; Richard Avedon’s beekeeper, among many others.
John Malkovich is considered to be one the greatest American actors of the 21st century. InMalkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, he demonstrates his chameleon-like proclivity, morphing into Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, John Lennon and Andy Warhol. Through his immense skill and Sandro’s amazing photographic eye,Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters pays respect to photographic history through the genius of a photographer and his muse.
Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Exhibition History
Palazzo Pallavicini, Bologna, Italy - 2019
Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary - 2018
Lumina Gallery, Oslo, Norway - 2018
Museum of Sound and Image, Sao Pauolo, Brazil - 2018
Meštrović Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia - 2017
Das KuK, Monschau, Germany - 2017
Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2016
Leica 6x7 Gallery, Warsaw, Poland - 2016
Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia - 2016
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY - 2016
La Térmica, Malaga, Spain - 2016
Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Russia - 2016
Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China -2016
Camerimage Film Festival, Torun, Poland - 2015
Les Rencontres d'Arles Photographie, Arles, France - 2015
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY - 2015
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - 2015
Head on Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia - 2015
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2014
Available works by Sandro Miller
Sandro Miller first became interested in photography at the age of 16, when he was exposed to the work of Irving Penn. Miller’s career now spans over thirty years, and he has photographed for clients such as American Express, Dove, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Nike, and Nikon, with whom he has a longstanding working relationship. His editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Time, Forbes, Wired, New York Magazine, and ESPN The Magazine, among others. He won Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short film Butterflies, featuring John Malkovich, and a 2014 Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year, and has been voted one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world for the past five years.
CBS This Morning 2016
Budapest Photo Festival