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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Intimate Pictures of Marilyn and JFK?

It's just a fantasy created by photographer Alison Jackson, using look-alikes...Yet what if?

A description of her work from the M+B artist site: "Her photos demonstrate that while seeing is believing, the truth is another story entirely. In her work, Jackson says, 'Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look—our voyeurism—and our need to believe.'"

"Indeed, by showing “celebrities” ostensibly caught unawares, Jackson’s pictures show us what we imagine might go on behind closed doors. Her work has caused controversy, not least because it treads in a very gray area between parody and realism by seeming to break down the carefully fortified private lives of public figures."

More of her photos are {here}, but beware some of them are quite shocking!



Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

I love the idea of perception and how what we see, or at least, THINK we see changes the image in our mind, and then all that we associate with it. Reminds me of if US magazine existed in the 60s....

Also reminds me somehow of the movie, "Vanilla Sky" because of that whole vivid dream idea...we see only what we want to see....goes for relationships as well....

love this. going to check out her work!

November 4, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Wow - those are some amazing look-a-likes. I'm impressed.

November 4, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger giulia said...

I'm glad to know about it but the iffy moral issue & overly derivative nature of the art...hmmm. I dunno. I like a lot of Cindy Sherman, for example, & so derivative is not always a bad thing of course (e.g., collage, remixes, etc). Will think on this.

(I take BeautyFiles point & agree...but I am profoundly grateful that US magazine did not exist when I was growing up.)

November 4, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger plaisirs simples said...

omg, this is crazy!

November 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger MrJeffery said...

These are cool.

November 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Wow those are beautifully-conceived and crafted photos. Very powerful.

November 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

They look incredibly realistic!

November 4, 2009 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Cassandra Marie said...

Wow, those people look identical to who they're supposed to be portraying! Crazy..

November 4, 2009 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Ange said...

The reality of virtual remains a bit scary to me...

November 4, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Wow....I'm taken aback by these photos! (especially since I am a believer in some of the theories I'm sure we've all heard)

I have to agree with some of the comments made regarding US magazine. I, too, am glad not to have grown up with it.

Great post!! Very thought provoking!

November 4, 2009 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Uncle Beefy said...

Unreal! I mean, yes, it is "unreal". But if you hadn't said anything I think I would've bought in pronto. Kinda eerie. But amazing.

November 4, 2009 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Its so realistic. They're such beautiful photographs. I love!

November 4, 2009 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger vintageveggie said...

wow. this is quite moving. i hope everyone has seen happy birthday mr. president...?

November 4, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger ~ Maranda @ {Evoked} ~ said...

Provoking in the best way! Thanks for sharing!!


November 4, 2009 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Those pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

November 4, 2009 at 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful!That woman has such a curvy, 1950's body!

November 5, 2009 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Penney said...

I was in my 7th grade French class when Kennedy was
assassinated...I ran home screaming and crying..
I often wonder..
We all are voyeurs, aren't we?
These were so well done, and lovely..


November 5, 2009 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Incredible - and MOST clever!

November 5, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger persiansweetfantasy said...

Wow amazing.Beautiful photography.I would love to be a model for a photo shoot like this, don't hesitate to contact me

November 5, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

How beautiful! I wish I could have lived in that time! Those were sexy times! Great photos, great entry! xxx LZ

November 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger denise, the prime magpie said...

What an amazing collection. It's really haunting work, as I daresay almost half of the photos include people who are no longer with us. The Marilyn and JFK ones are both provocative and also sad; you wonder how many private moments people in the public eye truly have to themselves and their loved ones.

November 7, 2009 at 12:13 AM  

Quite clever concept~
'voyeurism' is on my mind lately as well...Intriguing Tina!

November 18, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

wow, what an awesome idea. I totally would have believed it was really them. Very interesting concept.

November 20, 2009 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Kaylovesvintage said...

she looks so good

November 22, 2009 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Liv Lundelius said...

this pictures are stunning. really emotional.
they are telling a story.
it really looks like them. what a fabulous project.

January 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
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September 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

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