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Double Take

Reconstructing the History of Photography

Jojakim Cortis, Adrian Sonderegger

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The world's most iconic photographs meticulously re-created in miniature

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Double Take presents thirty-nine uncannily accurate reconstructions of the great images and moments from history – ranging from the earliest known photograph, through the landmark events of the 20th and 21st century, the icons of popular culture and the art world, to the world’s most expensive photograph. These intricately crafted works have been created in miniature by Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger. Inspired by the record auction price of $4.3m set by Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II in 2011, they set themselves a challenge: could they use model making and lighting skills to reconstruct the Gursky image in their Zürich studio? They could! This one-off challenge became the starting point for a larger personal project by the duo. The whole world, and the surface of the moon, were conjured in their studio.

Double Take includes their reconstructions of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind the Gare Saint Lazare, Sam Shaw’s Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, Pennie Smith’s London Calling and more. With a full selection of images showing the making of the reconstructions in the studio, an essay by Christian Caujolle, an introduction by Florian Ebner (of the Pompidou Centre) and an in-depth interview with the photographers, Double Take is the perfect volume for all with a love of photography with a twist and a sense of humour.

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'Cortis and Sonderegger’s work is so engaging, and so thrilling to witness and think about'
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'Absurdly intricate'

'The dedication and craftsmanship that has gone into each uncanny image is breathtaking'
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'Utterly charming'
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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 24.0 x 27.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 88

Publication date: 17 May 2018

ISBN: 9780500021224

Contents List

Introduction by Florian Ebner • Essay by Christian Caujolle • Plates • Constructions • Interview with William A. Ewing

About the Author

Jojakim Cortis studied photography at Zürich University of the Arts (ZHDK), and has been working as a freelance photographer since 2006, as well as a technical assistant and lecturer at ZHDK since 2009.

Adrian Sonderegger also studied photography at ZHDK. He has been working as a freelance photographer for over ten years.

List of Contributors

Florian Ebner, Christian Caujolle