I found these images, of all places, in my facebook news feed yesterday and was immediately captivated. This series, title Then & Now, by Canada-based photographer and graphic designer Marc Ghali have been making way through the internet over the past few days, even being featured on the Huff Post. Oddly (like, the way a chicken might throw itself into the road oddly ), Ghali references the series Iconatomy by George Chamoun. A cursory review of this series (with a far better name) reveals that basically Ghali has just done the same as Chamoun, without even making an effort to pretend otherwise (visually, or verbally), and simply added to the portfolio. BUT, the images by these two artists are still deeply intriguing.
The series (I'm just going to refer to them as a single series) combines images of mid century icons with contemporary icons of politics and cinema. They aren't quite superimposed or collaged, but kind of graphed onto each other, exploiting the iconography of the older person and image while giving us enough of our contemporaries' faces to give us pause. This initially unsettling affect gives way to a truly fascinating, though slightly unhelimlich feeling... like E T A Hoffman meets Gentlemen Prefer Blondes , or something. Anyway, check out these images and stare at them for yourself. Ghali's images are on the left--check out the striking O/X one--and Chamoun's more skillfully executed ones are on the right.