Exhibition ended

Sandro Miller Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich! Homage to Photographic Masters.

From Oct 31, 2020 to May 16, 2021

© Sandro Miller / Courtesy Gallery FIFTY ONE, Antwerp

Today, March 27th we should have inaugurated the exhibition Sandro Miller Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich at the Magazzino delle idee in Trieste! Homage to Photographic Masters. The exhibition, curated by Anne Morin, is organized by the Regional Agency for Cultural Heritage, Erpac in collaboration with diChroma photography, La Chrome in Madrid, with the courtesy of the FIFTY ONE Gallery in Antwerp.

Annie Leibovitz / Meryl Streep, NYC (1981), 2014
© Sandro Miller / Courtesy Gallery FIFTY ONE, Antwerp

Sixty-one color and black and white portraits of the American photographer Sandro Miller, inspired by the masters of photography and interpreted by John Malkovich.

Malkovich puts his extraordinary mimic talent at the service of a skilled photographer and some of the most famous images and authors in the history of art and photography chosen by Sandro Miller for the role they have played in inspiring his work: by Richard Avedon to Diane Arbus, from Irving Penn to Yousuf Karsh, from Dorothea Lange to Andy Warhol.

The friendship between Malkovich and Miller dates back to the late 1990s, when they both collaborated on a project for the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. In 2013 Miller proposed to Malkovich to interpret some images of the masters of the photographic portrait. Miller and Malkovich started shooting only after a year of preparation, assisted by a crew of costume designers, make-up artists, set designers and lighting directors.

The success of the project is mainly due to the extraordinary work of identification carried out by Malkovich who together with Miller revisits very different subjects and authors, styles and languages: thus becomes Albert Einstein who shows the language to Arthur Sasse (1951), Che Guevara portrayed by Alberto Korda (1960) and the thrill master Alfred Hitchcock ironically portrayed by Albert Watson, but also Jack Nicholson made up by Joker for Herb Ritts (1988). It goes from Robert Mapplethorpe‘s Self Portrait, to Andrés Serrano‘s Piss Christ (1987), from Andy Warhol‘s pop art to a deliberately frivolous image of Pierre et Gilles (1990) conceived for an advertising campaign by Jean Paul Gaultier, up to the face mourning mother migrant, Migrant Mother (1936) by Dorothea Lange. A project capable of scrutinizing Irving Penn with Pablo Picasso (1957), Yousuf Karsh with Ernest Hemingway (1957), Diane Arbus with the most frightening twins (1967) of our imagination.


Born in Illinois in 1958, Sandro Miller approached photography as a self-taught adolescent after seeing Irving Penn’s portraits. With numerous award-winning promotional campaigns behind him, Sandro is one of the most respected fine-art and advertising photographers. He photographs various advertising campaigns, in particular brands such as Malboro, Philip Morris, Coca Cola, Esquire and campaigns for Times Magazine or Harpers’ Bazaar. At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, in July 2011, he received the Saatchi & Saatchi award for best new director. In 2014, at Carniage Hall in New York he was recognized as the best international photographer of the year for his achievements in photography. The following year he was awarded the Lucie Foundation’s best international photographer of the year for the photographs of the Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to the Photographic Masters project. In the last five years, in competitions with juries in the sector, he has been elected among the best 200 advertising photographers in the world.



Born in 1953 in Christopher Illinois Malkovich is an American actor, producer and stylist. In 1976 Malkovich became a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. He moved to New York in 1980 where he made his debut in a show based on the work of Sam Shepard True West, winning an Obie Award. He received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Robert Benton’s Seasons of the Heart (1984) and Wolfang Peterson’s In the Center of the Crosshair (1993). He starred in more than seventy films, including Roland Joffé’s The Scream of Silence (1984), Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun (1987), Stephen Friears’ Dangerous Relationships (1988), Gary Sinise’s Men and Mice (1992) , Being John Malkovich by Spike Jonze (1999), The talent of Mr Ripley by Liliana Cavani (2002), Changeling by Clint Eastwood (2008), Spy-proof by the Coen brothers (2008), Siberian Education by Gabriele Salvatores (2013) . He starred in Paolo Sorrentino’s television series The New Pope (2020). In 2002 Malkovich created his brand, Mr. Mudd, of which he is a stylist.


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