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Pierre et Gilles / Jean Paul Gaultier (1990), 2014Sandro Miller

John Malkovich turns camera chameleon for art exhibition

Want to see Malkovich as Jean Paul Gaultier, John Lennon or Madonna?

What do you do if you want to recreate photography's most beloved images, from Diane Arbus's shot of identical twins to Pierre et Gilles' hyper-coloured rendering of Jean Paul Gaultier? Get John Malkovich involved, of course. 

Sandro Miller wanted to pay homage to the images that had influenced his career as a photographer, and knew that only Malkovich could do justice to the enormous variety of portrait sitters and styles.

For Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, Miller shot the rubber-faced actor as Andy Warhol, Madonna, John Lennon and Che Guevara. To be honest, we can't think of anybody better (or weirder) to recreate the heroic figures of the 20th century. 

"John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know," Miller said in a press statement. "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."

Malkovich as muse? It makes more sense than you think.

Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters runs from 7 November to January 31 at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.