Irina Werning

Posted by Alex

Back to the Future is a fascinating project by Irina Werning. She has convinced friends and family to recreate their old photos — in some cases, the resemblance is absolutely uncanny. Of course the location, person, clothes etc are all the exact same, but she’s also done a wonderful job of matching the look and feel of the original photograph. That is way harder than it looks. Matching the lighting must have taken forever!

I want to do this. Off to find some old photos of myself…

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James says:

February 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I saw this yesterday and I’m still thinking about how difficult that would be to replicate…but the idea is fantastic!


Mike says:

February 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

Aside from Ze Frank, this concept is done all the time by amateurs on reddit. In fact, you could say it’s a pretty well established meme that’s far from original.


ant says:

February 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

Contemporary Chinese photographer Hai Bo has been doing this for many years in his “They” series with old Cultural Revolution family portraits.


grace. says:

February 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

super crative !!!! she nailed it- although most people say Ze Frank had a similar concept, the attention to detail and similarities in light are hard to accomplish! Nice! Will repost!


Karey says:

February 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm

If you like this check out Gillian Wearing. She recreates portraits of her family with masks and prosthetics. Some of them are very creepy.


RA_OUL says:

February 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Definitely a genuinely great photo project! The time and attention to detail in the project really resulted in a rad series. Inspiring for sure.


micha says:

February 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

Yes, a redditor internet meme. seen many times, even in an exhbition at Saatchy’s gallery, London, this fall.
But, yes, good details in this one.


the full-blown kind says:

June 17, 2011 at 12:46 am

I’m looking for Bjork’s song.Didn’t expect to you here.I hope to make friends with you.I’m chinese.Only recently contact Bjork.I really like her style.