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19 July 2015

Sandro Miller, Rencontres d’Arles 2015

Sandro Miller – Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters


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 learned his craft by studying books published by many of the great artists canonised 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 have included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavours 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 honouring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting forty‐one 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.’

In Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich, John Malkovich demonstrates his chameleon‐like proclivity, morphing into Albert einstein, Che Guevara, John Lennon, or Andy Warhol. Through his immense skill and sandro’s amazing photographic eye, this series pays respect to photographic history through the genius of a photographer and his muse.

Catherine Edelman,director of Catherine edelman Gallery, Chicago



With support from the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
Prints by JS Graphics, Chicago, IL.
Exhibition venue: Abbaye de Montmajour.