Thursday, 17 May 2012

You are not Banksy

You’ve seen street artist Banksy’s graffiti in books and magazines. You may even have seen his work in person or watched his documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which made waves at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Banksy’s work is recognizable, yet his true identity remains shrouded in legend and mystery. No better artist from whom to appropriate imagery. (There isn’t much chance of him suing for copyright!)

Along comes news photographer Nick Stern, who decides to replicate Banksy’s iconic imagery by using real life models. The flower-throwing rioter, the caveman, the kissing policemen, the maid and even Jesus holding his shopping bags have been recreated in a studio setting, where props were carefully chosen and models cast. “I just hope Banksy likes what I have done,” says Stern.

The rioter: Banksy versus Stern

The maid: Banksy versus Stern

The guard: Banksy versus Stern