Photographer Sandro Miller in conversation
This artist talk is part of Head On Photo Festival’s programme that is aimed at camera hobbyists, professional photographers and devotees of photography. This is an opportunity to gain an exclusive insight into one of the industry’s great minds and creators. There will also be a Q&A.
With more than 30 years worth of photographic experience, Sandro has managed to build an impressive portfolio, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW. His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians and extended endeavours with one of the greatest American actors of the 21st century, John Malkovich.
In 2013, Sandro wanted to pay homage to one of his childhood idols who had inspired the beginnings of his photographic journey, Irving Penn. After collaborating with John Malkovich, he was able to produce work reminiscent of Irving Penn that gained such positive feedback that he believed it would be a wonderful idea to pay homage to all the photographers that had influenced him over his 40 year career. Thus, the seeds of Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters was born.
Pieces include Irving Penn’s photograph of Truman Capote in a corner; Bert Stern’s photograph of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange’s image of a migrant mother; 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. All these portraits were acted out by John Malkovich, demonstrating his chameleon-like proclivity, morphing into all these characters.
Through Sandro’s immense skill and his amazing photographic eye, coupled with his tremendous amount of research in styling and lighting, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters pays respect to photographic history.
“This is my way of saying thank you to the masters that created these amazing images.”
12pm - 1.30pm, Saturday, 2 May
Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip St & Bridge Street, Sydney
American Photographer Sandro Miller
$15/$10 members Ticket price includes admission to the Museum of Sydney