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John Malkovich Poses as Iconic Women


The actor continues to shape-shift for the camera in Sandro Miller’s eye-popping The Malkovich Sessions

By virtue of his physical and artistic malleability, John Malkovich has become much more than an actor--he's a canvas on which other artists wish to paint, or, perhaps, a medium in and of himself. In 1999, he was the meta subject of the Spike Jonze film Being John Malkovich, which saw strangers briefly occupy his brain, and now, he's the star of photographer Sandro Miller's The Malkovich Sessions (Glitterati Incorporated, $95), an epic curio of a monograph that marks 17 years of collaboration. Miller captures Malkovich in dozens of portraits, from the classic to the candid, but the highlights are Malkovich's interpretations of iconic photographs, from Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother to Bert Stern's beloved shots of Marilyn Monroe. (Another uncanny standout is the duo's take on Jim Marshall's 1970 snap of an prison-dwelling, bird-flipping Johnny Cash.) Also including interviews with his subject, Miller's doorstopper offers a full-circle pop-culture moment, as we go from Being John Malkovich to John Malkovich...being everyone else.

Clockwise from top left: William Klein / Smoke and Veil, Paris (Vogue 1958), 2014; Diane Arbus / A Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street, NYC (1966), 2014; Bert Stern / Marilyn With Pink Roses (from "The Last Sitting," 1962), 2014; Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, Calif. (1936), 2014. From The Malkovich Sessions by Sandro Miller, copyright (c) 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated,

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