Sunday, October 9, 2011
Celebrity Mash-ups: Iconatomy by George Chamoun
Posted by Jay at 7:03 PM
Is beauty subjective? Is it timeless? Within the last 100 years, the ideal beauty has changed when it comes to fashion and physical desirability, but does that mean someone from 20, 30 or 50 years ago wouldn't be able to appreciate the celebrities of today? With artist George Chamoun's Iconatomy, the answer is presented in a simple yet beautiful celebrity mash-up.
George Chamoun spent three weeks working on this celebrity collage, doing it the hard way: slowly going through hundreds of photographs in order find the right angle and right pair before getting the results you see here.
Chamoun's celebrity mash-ups include (from the top to the bottom): Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie; Cary Grant and George Clooney; Marilyn Monroe and Scarlett Johansson; Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman; and James Dean and Robert Pattinson.
Each one of these celebrity mash-ups is so brilliantly executed that they leave you wanting more. Unfortunately, George Chamoun only did five of these celebrity mash-ups. His Tumblr log is here, with the complete Iconatomy over here. He also has another log for his artworks here. If you would like to compare the works between the old and new masters of studio portraiture (as depicted here), check out Edward Steichen, George Hurrell or Yousuf Karsh for the works in the style of the pioneers, while Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon and Platon make for a good introduction to the newer style of portrait photography.