Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

They are instantly recognisable - iconic photographs that immediately prompt the viewer to remember classic Hollywood films. American Beauty is immediately obvious by the scene of Mena Suvari spread across a bed of roses, while most would automatically think of the blockbuster Matrix when they see Keanu Reeves clad in a long leather coat while spinning through the air. But now two talented photographers have transformed these Hollywood images by giving them an African makeover.

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Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models
Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

Omar Victor Diop, who is Senegalese, teamed up with French-American photographer Antoine Tempé to create Onomolliwood - a fresh perspective of classic photographs using African models and slightly different details.

Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models
Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

Instead of a bed of roses for the American Beauty scene, lush green plants were used to cover the model's modesty.

Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

Breakfast at Tiffany's has an African model pulling the same coy smile, but wearing a white dress instead of Audrey Hepburn's classic black one. The glittering jewellery, cigarette holders and scattered tea things on the table has been lovingly recreated.

Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models
Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

The scene of Thelma and Louise, where Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon stare into the distance while police cars can be seen approaching them in the distance. The scene is given a fresh twist in the project, with the same dusty background used, and the defiant-looking models gaze through the windscreen, just as the actresses did in the 1991 film. The have headscarves wrapped around their heads, echoing the costumes used in the film. But it is a motel, instead of a group of police officers, that looms behind the models.

Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models
Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

The 1966 thriller Blow Up also features in the project, with the new photographs mimicking the scenes that film fans know and love. Just like David Hemmings, an actor kneels over an actress who is splayed across the floor, apparently dead, as he takes a photograph of her.

Hollywood Goes African: Iconic Posters Recreated With Black Models

Frida, the film based on the Mexican artist and starring Selma Hayek, is recreated by the pair of photographers - complete with Kahlo's famously bushy eyebrows.

According to CNN, Diop said of his collaboration with photographer Antoine Tempé to recreate the stunning shots: 'I wanted to imagine what these movies would look like if they were conceived and shot in Africa. We started working with the movies we liked, the movies that had influenced us.

'I remember watching in the 1980s the same movies as the young people of Paris and New York and maybe Bangkok.

'At the end of the day we're all the same young people regardless of where you were born and where you were raised and somehow I wanted to show this also through the choice of movies in the series.

Omar Victor Diop is a Senegalese photographer whose extensive work ranges from fashion photography to conceptual projects. He offers a new perspective on contemporary African aesthetics, his Facebook page says. Diop has earned a reputation as a rising name in his hometown scene, Okay Africa reported.

Antoine Tempé is a French-American photographer who documents contemporary African cultural scenes through photojournalism and portraiture. He currently lives and works in Dakar, Sénégal.

It is no wonder that the duo turned to Western films for their inspiration. The Senegalese film scene is a relatively small industry. It has produced just five feature films in the last decade.

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