MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH… A PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIBUTE WITHOUT SHAME

Malkovich's personality is not satisfied with playing the role of some of the most memorable film characters or having a movie completely dedicated to him. The actor's relationship with the image transcends the sphere of pure interpretation and dares to participate in projects where his intervention involves acting work but demands, in turn, expose a large part of himself, of the individual and citizen Malkovich.

Philippe Halsman, “Salvador Dalí”, 1954, reinterpretation by Sandro Miller in 2014

For this reason, when photographer Sandro Miller contacted the actor for a proposal to participate in his project, he did not hesitate for a moment. The offer was very juicy: to emulate some of the most famous images in the history of photography, Malkovich being portrayed, who should impersonate all those characters.

Bert Stern, “Marilyn in Pink Roses” from “The Last Session”, 1962, reinterpretation by Sandro Miller in 2014

Thus, it began a relationship between photographer and actor in which Sandro Miller was able to pay a great tribute to the masters of the image that had been to him the main source of inspiration throughout his career. With the desire to pay tribute to them and at the same time play with the reinterpretation of the images, this project required a person who was not afraid of ridicule and who was willing to transform himself openly.

Arthur Sasse, “Albert Einstein”, 1951, reinterpretation by Sandro Miller in 2014

Sandro Miller's career has run almost entirely along the paths of advertising photography. Despite this, from a young age, he felt a deep admiration for the work of some master photographers, a wake that has accompanied him at all times and that encouraged him to undertake more risky and diverse personal projects when time allowed.

Annie Leibovitz, “Meryl Steep in NYC”, 1981, reinterpretation by Sandro Miller in 2014

On this occasion "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Tribute to the masters of photography" has allowed the actor to put himself in the shoes of Marylin Monroe, Albert Einstein, Hemingway, Jack Nicholson, Che Guevara, Salvador Dalí, Alfred Hitchcock, Truman Capote, Meryl Streep, Bette Davis, Pablo Picasso, among others; and to Sandro Miller, to emulate the work of Philippe Haslman, Alberto Korda, Arthur Sasse, Annie Leibovit, Diane Arbus, Bert Stern or Irving Penn, to mention some of them.

After passing through numerous European cities, the San Telmo Museoa centre now hosts this exhibition that will be open to the public until November 17th. Do not miss it.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.