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Double Take Reconstructing iconic images in 3D

Is it possible to recreate an iconic photograph as a 3D model? That is the concept behind the “Double Take” project by Zurich-based artists Adrian Sonderegger and Jojakim Cortis.

The World Trade Center’s twin towers terrorist plane crash, Tian'anmen Square, Abu Ghraib, or Marilyn Monroe in a white dress standing over a subway grate – all these iconic images are engraved in our minds, whether we like them or not.

The Swiss artist duo Cortis & Sonderegger have re-produced these and other iconic photographs in their studio as detailed three-dimensional models. The mind-bending effect is like looking at the original photograph.

Each model is meticulously built using glue, scissors, tweezers, cardboard, sand, lamps, tripods, cotton wool and plaster. But each time the visual illusion is shattered by the inclusion of the studio and articles used to build the scene.

The “Double Take” exhibition, currently at the Fotostiftung Winterthurexternal link near Zurich until September 9, is an intelligent and entertaining exploration of how we perceive and understand photography. The exhibition can also be read as a visual commentary on our 'post-factual' age.

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