Famous Photographers

People often ask passers-by to take photos of them with famous landmarks. Rarely do they ask the landmark itself. By placing the camera in the hands of the sculpture, you can have your photo taken by a famous historical figure. One photo reveals a rarely-seen perspective from the eyes of the sculpture with you in it, while the second shows the photographer holding the camera.

Please send your pair of images to mail@helmutsmits.nl

Photos 1 and 2 show Alexiane, Solène, Johanna and Alexiane photographed by Victor Hugo.
* Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Photos 3 and 4 show Julia, Max and Julia photographed by Giacomo Bresadola.
* Giacomo Bresadola was an eminent Italian mycologist.

Photos 5 and 6 show Ans and Cees photographed by dwarf Happy.
* Happy is one of the seven dwarfs in Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Happy gets his name from his jovial and optimistic demeanor. Most often seen with a cheery smile, he is partial to parties, food, and dancing—all of which he is eager to share with the other dwarfs.

Photos 7 and 8 show Gulnaz, Brad and Jasper photographed by Vincent van Gogh.
* Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.

Photos 9 and 10 show Jonas photographed by Die Erde.
* Die Erde (The Earth) is a sculpture from 1974 by Ingeborg Hunzinger and is located in the Monbijou park in Berlin.

Photos 11 and 12 show Naomi and Yannick photographed by a King and Queen.
* King and Queen is a bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, designed in 1952. It is Moore's only sculpture depicting a single pair of adult figures.

Photos 13 and 14 show Antoanetta photographed by Remus.
* The most famous of all Roman myths, is the story of Romulus and Remus, twins who were suckled by a she-wolf as infants.

Photos 15 and 16 show Rein, Esma and Manon photographed by Admiral mit doppelganger.
* Admiral mit doppelganger by Ludmila Seefried-Matejkova,1985 Kreuzberg Berlin.

Photos 17 and 18 show Nao, Masanao, Isshu, Tatsuya and Fukino photographed by Dancing Woman.
* Dancing Woman (1973) is located in Komaba park in Saku city Nagano, Japan.

Photos 19 and 20 show Nicole and Greco photographed by Dina Vierny.
* Dina Vierny was an artist model who became a singer, French art dealer, collecter and museum director.

Photos 21 and 22 show Nikki, Machteld and Moyra photographed by Jože Kerenčič.
* Jože Kerenčič was a Slovenian writer, journalist, partisan and national hero. He was known as an activist of the Liberation front. His illegal name was Janko.

Photos 23 and 24 show Hennie, Nyam and Georgey photographed by Monsieur Jacques.
* Monsieur Jacques (by Oswald Wenckebach) is not a portrait of an actual person, but the depiction of the smug bourgeoisie in general. He has been standing in the same spot since 1959, looking pointedly around and doing nothing: chest out, nose up, hat in hands behind back.

Photos 25 and 26 show Jos and Nils photographed by Pope John Paul II.
* Pope John Paul II was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005.

Photos 27 and 28 show Marie and Sebastian photographed by Willem Elsschot.
* Alphonsus Josephus de Ridder was a Belgian writer and poet who wrote under the pseudonym Willem Elsschot.