If you ever thought that Scarlett Johansson looked like Marilyn Monroe or that George Clooney reminded you of Cary Grant or that certain celebrities today make you think of famous people from years past, you’re not crazy. It’s true. Beautiful famous people look like beautiful famous people, no matter the era. And these photographs in George Chamoun’s Iconatomy photo series prove that.
In the photo series, Chamoun cleverly combines two pictures of two celebrities from two different eras into one image. So depending on how you look at the photograph, sometimes you can see Cary Grant, sometimes you can see George Clooney. Sometimes it’s Marilyn, sometimes it’s Scarlett. It’s uncanny.
According to Beautiful Decay, Chamoun’s photo series, which debuted a few years back, served as an inspiration for Canadian photographer Marc Ghali. Ghali’s Then & Now series is a continuation of sorts of Chamoun’s work and includes mash ups of Barack Obama and Malcom X, Brad Pitt and James Dean, Leonardo DiCaprio and Paul Newman and so forth. What was beautiful then is still beautiful now, I guess.
Here is some of Chamoun’s work:
And here is Marc Ghali’s take in his Then & Now series: