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Famous Photographs Recreated With Legos

Monday 12.17.2012 , Posted by
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Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 1

We’re continuing our love of Lego remixes today with some seriously well made retakes on classic photography. Taking the ubiquitous miniature figurines from his Lego set and recreating iconic scenes from classics like Robert Capa’s “Death of a Loyalist Soldier” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 “Bed-In”, english artist Mike Stimpson has a passion for using toys to create photographic remakes of famous photographs.

See Also Lego Recreations of Famous Movie Scenes

Stimpson’s series Classics in Lego is largely black & white dominated, featuring a large portion of its source material from the 1920s through 1960s. Perhaps this lack of color makes his images even more recognizable – removing the sometimes hard to recreate tones of color images. His works use little post-processing to achieve their effect, and when you see his often simple sets used for creating the final result, it’s impressive how close his works are to the original image.

Hungry for more in this series? You can find more images on Stimpson’s Flickr page or purchase prints through RedBubble, DeviantART or Society6. To get the latest happenings on this ongoing series, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Above: Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1932 photograph “Behind the Gare Saint Lazare” (Original image here)
Below: “Lunch atop a skyscraper” taken by Charles Ebbets in 1932 (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 2

Robert Capa’s 1936 picture “Death of a Loyalist Soldier” (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 3

A Lego Starwars themed take on Marc Riboud’s famous 1967 photograph taken at an anti-Vietnam protest in Washington (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 4

Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1945 photograph “V.J. Day Times Square” (Original image here and Stimpson’s setup shot here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 5

Jeff Widener’s 1989 photograph of “The unknown rebel” (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 6

Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 photograph “Raising the flag on Iwo Jima” (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 7

Ian Bradshaw’s 1974 photograph of streaker Michael O’Brien at Twickenham (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 8

Norman Potter’s 1954 photograph of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 9

Lewis Hine’s 1920 photograph of a power house mechanic working on a steam pump (Original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 10

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 “Bed-In” (many photographers, see an original image here)
Mike Stimpson Lego Classics 11

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