Recreating iconic Banksy images as photos

UK photographer Nick Stern's "You Are Not Banksy" series recreates many of Banksy's iconic, humorous graffiti images. I've always thought that Banksy recreations made excellent cosplay (as this old post showed), but they're great as photos, too:

The project sees Stern meticulously recreating a handful of Banksy’s masterpieces using real-life models and photographing their mimicking poses. The results are extraordinary. Stern himself is a fan of the elusive guerilla street artist: “I have always admired Banksy – I love his cheek and humour,” said the London-born photographer. “Much of art is a recreation or interpretation of real life, but this is the other way round – I wanted real life to recreate art. I hope he likes what I’ve done.”

You Are Not Banksy: Street Art Turns Real-Life (via Neatorama)


    1. Isn’t it the photo or painting that make them still? Any fruit, flower, etc in a “still life” is always changing as it decays. Just very slowly and many still life’s included animals, insects, etc. I thought the term referred more to the setting created by the artist, the stopping of a point of time. See.. I like to pick nits as well.

  1. I love how Banksy’s best ideas balance commentary with humor in a form that the viewer immediately grasps.  It may just be vandalism but it shows a highly developed sense of composition.  And how many other anonymous celebrities are there?  I respect the guy for avoiding personal fame and letting his work speak for itself.

  2. I love when “artists” take something already existing and change the format. yeah right! The graffiti that Banksy put up was relevant and made statements opposing certain ways of thinking. This is just a trifling artists attempt to get famous while riding coattails. No talent, or original thought or even a valid reason of why this needed to be done outside being a school project. But hey I’m sure theres plenty of sheep who’ll buy this “art”.

    The best and worst part about art is its subjectivity.

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