Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oops I did it again: Lula & Pop get inspired

It's no secret that art directors and photographers routinely look to the past to inspire their work. I don't take issue with this practice but every so often people go a little overboard. These photos in the current issues of Lula and Pop made me do a major double take; I'd love to know what you all think about them.

Yelena Yemchuk for Lula
vs Irina Ionesco (1974)





Sebastian Faena for Pop vs Peppermint Frappé (1968)



10 comments:

E.K. said...

Well I'm writing my Master's thesis on Manet who constantly copied past masters. I do this a lot with my own work, so I'm a little biased! I think if they're trying to add something to the original idea then great, but if they're just getting out of coming up with their own ideas then boo! I'm not sure about these ones. What do you think?

Chelsea said...

Well I definitely take things from other artists and use it in my own work but I don't think that I would interpret those ideas in such a literal way. The photo from Lula is part of an editorial that is entirely comprised of re-creations of her photographs. I think that they could have dropped her name in the byline, given the fact that it is basically a tribute to her work and she isn't very well known. The Pop image annoys me less because they drew inspiration from an entirely different medium and made it into a fashion image. But then again that seems to be all that Sebastian Faena does, especially in his work for V. But I can't give him too much crap because I thought that his sexy nun editorial for Pop last year was incredible.

E.K. said...

I agree with you. The almost direct copy is a turn off. The same goes for cinema I guess, if you do a remake, then "remake" it. So, if you don't mind me asking, do you have a portfolio of your work on-line?

Tuffer said...

I see the similarities and I guess if the first is actually a homage then there's no arguing but both are fairly obvious scenerios that would not require seeing the original to create the new one

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