Elizabethan Superheroes by Sacha Goldberg


Over the weekend at the Grand Palais in Paris, famous photographer Sacha Goldberger unveiled his exhibition that features Renaissance-style portraits of superheroes. The results are actually pretty amazing with models dressed as superheroes wearing period garb. Among the many familiar faces is The Hulk, Superman, Batman, Robin, Darth Vader and more.

  • Sacha’s discovery of these characters, which goes back to childhood, gave birth to a desire to re-appropriate them, to take them back to a time forming the cornerstone of modern western art. Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school. The collection demonstrates the use of 17th Century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times. It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character.
  • The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to « fix » their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible.

Via Nerdcore

The series is called Super Flemish. Head over to Goldberger’s Facebook page to see more images.

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And just in case you missed it, a while back Sacha Goldberg put together this hilarious photo shoot to to raise his 93 year old grandma’s spirits. The images were compiled into a book called Mamika: My Mighty Little Grandmother. The book features photos — taken over the course of three years — of the Hungarian grandmother wearing vibrant costumes in hilarious situations.

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