Brilliant Photographic Recreations of Famous Paintings


London-based photographer Tom Hunter is best known for his documentation of ordinary life and his touching portrayals of common people. RuGuru recently paired a collection of individual photos taken from several of Hunter’s series with the famous masterpieces from which they borrow their form. While Hunter’s photographs are far from faithful reconstructions of paintings, they each definitely reinvent the classic gestures and symbols in poignantly contemporary settings. His most famous work, Woman Reading a Possession Order, for example, plays with the sense of domesticity found in Vermeer’s original by photographing a squatter and her child. The connection between titles, the symmetry of the forms, the photographic medium, and the elements Hunter decides to include or exclude all contribute to some brilliantly relevant takes on classic artwork. Take a look at some of his greatest reinterpretations below.

Woman Reading Possession Order by Tom Hunter

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window by Johannes Vermeer

Anchor and Hope by Tom Hunter

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

The Way Home by Tom Hunter

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais

Death of Cotelli by Tom Hunter

Death of Sardanapalis by Eugène Delacroix

Death of the Party by Tom Hunter

Death of the Virgin by Michelangelo Caravaggio

Ye Olde Axe by Tom Hunter

Venus at Her Mirror by Diego Velázquez

Murder, Two Men Wanted by Tom Hunter

The Death of Procris, a Satyr Mourning Over a Nymph by Piero di Cosimo

Living in Hell by Tom Hunter

Four Figures at a Table by Le Nain Brothers

Reservoir No. 1 by Tom Hunter

Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse

Hide and Seek by Tom Hunter

Roger Delivering Angelica by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres