Back to the Future with Photographer Irina Werning

The same faces and places, just completely re-created 20, 30 or 40 years later.

This isn’t the first time a photographer has gone back to recreate moments from the past, but this series by Argentinian photographer Irina Werning is just done exceedingly well. Great concept, great execution. The attention to detail is impressive. The images are charismatic, even dynamic in their stillness. Not just with wardrobe and set, but with film stock, blur, image damage, etc. The self-described “obsessive” Werning says:

I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

Check out a few more very worthy images, along with a link to the entire collection on Irina’s site after the jump…

One of my personal favorites:


And another:

To see the rest of this series from Irina’s work, please visit her site here. [BTW, know of exceptional bodies of work from other photographers or filmmakers that I can feature here? Please share. I’m really interested in highlighting new, new-to-me, or unexpected talent in our field.]

(Thanks @josiahj for sending Irina my way.)

26 Responses to Back to the Future with Photographer Irina Werning

  1. Jesus Hidalgo February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    These are really awesome. I was also fascinated by the way polaroids looked when I was a kid (and still now), I would also wonder what people were like, what were they doing right before the “click” of the camera, were they nice, etc. I’m glad Irina got the initiative to do this. Congratulations to her, and thank you Chase for sharing.

  2. heaven mcarthur February 23, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    saw this a while back and spent copious amounts of time on her site. this series is delicious. The detail is simply fantastic. VERY Much enjoyed looking at them again today. thanks friend.

  3. PPusa February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I also found these great photos today and they reminded another touching series by another Argentinian

    Ausencias (absences) contains family photos taken during the Argentine military rule and reshoots of them by Germano. Those who “disappeared” during the dirty war are naturally not present anymore.

  4. Jannik February 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Awesome – it’s like a pro version of :-D

  5. Martin Krudenc February 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    10 portraits after 80 years

    • Ken February 24, 2011 at 7:42 am #

      Now that’s interesting…but scary!

  6. Adam Leahy February 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Looooooooooooovvvvve iiiiiiitttttt!

  7. Anonymous February 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    That was so depressing

  8. jetgreen1 February 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Truly frightening…Looks like an escaped convict about to have a knife fight.

  9. Girish February 24, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    That’s very cool. It’s must be a effort to recreate the entire feel look + surrounding. The lighting and the post work is altogether a different story.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kathleen February 24, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Ms. Werning’s work is facinating. Thank you.

  11. fas February 24, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    The lack of digital clarity shows.

  12. Tim Skipper February 24, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    What a great idea.

  13. Marco February 24, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    For new and interesting stuff you may want to check out LENSCRATCH of Aline Smithson, which in fact highlighted this body a work one week ago:

  14. andy February 24, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    loved the execution of Irina’s project. Well done indeed!

    And, I’m not sure if it qualifies as an “exceptional body of work,” but this series of portraits has been a fun and meaningful project for me. It’s an ever-growing collection of images of artists who have created art on blank skateboards for an art auction I am involved with. Thought i’d share it. > ON DECK artists

  15. Brit February 25, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Check out “Lightscapes” by Armand Dijcks. His intentional camera movement photography is a lot different than what I’ve seen out there.

    Armand also plays with time in motion in his short films “Facets” and “Liquid Time”.

  16. Kate February 26, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    I came across this news item this morning and immediately thought of you: p,8,80,32&pid=A1hO97qcWo7ViDL_rWniVH2LakYxNa7J

    I was fascinated with this woman’s story. A blog of her work can be found here:

    Hope you enjoy!

  17. Kelly Minniti February 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Sweet! I can only imagine how much work that must be. Really cool.

  18. aqilah March 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    this is hilariously awesome :D niceeee

  19. Anne-Marie April 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Well, maybe you might like this:

    and this:

    and this:

    The photographer’s name is Terje, I think he might be Norwegian.
    It’s all very, very beautiful!

    Happy Easter!

  20. blank skateboards June 17, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    So the faces 20,30,40 years later faces are created digitally or organically?

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  23. fitness program December 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Love it. I love seeing photography like this. This not much to say expect the first picture and the last picture impress me the most. In the first picture and the last picture they both have the same exact face on.

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