The project started in 2013, when Miller wanted to pay tribute to photographers who have inspired him since his career began when he was 16. He selected 35 iconic photographs and recruited Malkovich as his subject, who was nothing short of eager to help.
Malkovich is considered to be one of the great American actors of the 21st century. He has the ability to transform himself into the characters of the portraits, like Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Che Guevara and even females like Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis.
Malkovich’s chameleon talents, combined with Miller’s photographic eye, allowed the two to honor these historical photographs. Miller told Catherine Edelman Gallery that:
John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.