Twisted takes on vintage photography
Nearly everything can benefit from a little updating... except Friendster. Nobody's competing with those dudes. For an artist updating photos from well before 2003, check Jonah Samson.
Inspired by his earlier photography centered on a fictionalized town (each shot captured a diorama of kids' toys/models in very "adult" situations), Vancouver-based JS's latest, Paintings from the Archives of the Pleasantville Historical Society, updates actual vintage photographs in darkly humorous ways, revealing that, from the beginning, the town's been "infused with sex and violence", also the tagline for a considerably more edgy Herbal Essences campaign. Some of the freshest examples:
The collection is on show through late April and can also be found in a softbound "full colour catalogue" (ha -- Canadian English!) featuring 41 images, including a supposed online personal ad photo of girl whose head and arms have been chopped off, which's kind of sad, especially considering she can't give you a testimonial.