Over the course of 17 years, award-winning photographer Sandro Miller and inimitable actor John Malkovich combined their larger-than-life personas and talents to produce a series of portraits and films, most notably those that reconstruct the most iconic images in photographic history, in their Homage series. Others in the collection here capture the genius and range of Malkovich’s acting ability in distinctive portraits as well as in film works. For lovers of the arts, photography, and John Malkovich, this book is indispensable.
The first section of the book, Portraits, includes Malkovich in a variety of costumes and characters, ranging from playful to serious; while the second section, Homage, is devoted to recreating some of the most iconic portraits of all time: the artworks that originally inspired Sandro to become a photographer. Here are representations of the likes of Annie Leibowitz’s image of Yoko Ono and John Lennon; Bert Stern’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe, and Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother.” At first glance, it is difficult to tell that the subject in the photograph is in fact Malkovich, emphasizing the unique nature of Malkovich’s formidable acting ability and Sandro’s talent for perfectly creating the lighting, environment and demeanor of the original photographs.
Finally, the third section of the book contains photographs from experimental films created by the artists in tandem. As one of pop culture's most cultish personalities, Malkovich’s fluid ability as an actor perfectly complements Sandro’s talents as a photographer and director.
Rarely is an art book published that exhibits so gorgeously and extravagantly the talents of two extraordinary individuals working in collaboration over such a long period of time, that also provides so much delight to those who are not cognoscenti, but merely aficionados of great and distinctive work.
Sandro Miller first became interested in photography at the age of 16, when he was exposed to the work of Irving Penn. Sandro’s career now spans over thirty years, and he has photographed and developed longstanding working relationships with clients such as American Express, Dove, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Nike, and Nikon. His editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Time, Forbes, Wired, New York Magazine, and ESPN Magazine, among others. He won a Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short film Butterflies featuring John Malkovich, 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. In addition to photography, Sandro devotes himself to charitable organizations such as the American Heart Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Milwaukee, Arts for Life, Dance for Life, and AIDS Chicago. He lives and works in Chicago.
John Malkovich is an American actor, director, producer, and fashion designer. He has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. He has received Academy Award nominations for his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire. He has also appeared in films such as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Con Air, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich, Burn After Reading, RED, and Warm Bodies, as well as producing films such as Ghost World, Juno, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
224 pages, 11 x 14" inches, 8-page and 6-page gatefolds, hardcover
147 4/c and black-and-white photographs