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Famous Album Cover Photos Recreated with Famous Athletes

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For a recent Music Issue of ESPN Magazine, photographer Mattias Clamer created portraits of 14 famous athletes in the style of iconic album cover photos. Clamer paid a huge amount of attention to detail, which resulted in many of the photos looking nearly identical to the covers they were meant to recreate.

The photograph above shows NFL quarterback Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers posing as Michael Jackson for a recreation of the album Thriller (an album that currently stands as the best-selling album of all time. At least 50 million copies of this photo are floating around the world in the form of an album cover).

Here’s a side-by-side comparison showing Clamer’s recreation next to the original:

michael jackson thriller album cover side by side

Here are some of the other photographs created for the issue, along with side-by-side comparisons showing the original album covers:

U.S. National Soccer Team Forward Alex Morgan as Katy Perry on "One of the Boys"

U.S. National Soccer Team Forward Alex Morgan as Katy Perry on “One of the Boys”

alex morgan as katy perry side by side

NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on "Ultimate Run DMC"

NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on “Ultimate Run DMC”

NFL and Run DMC1 side by side

Motocross racer James Stewart as Rick James on "Street Songs"

Motocross racer James Stewart as Rick James on “Street Songs”

james stewart as Rick James side by side

NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on "Greatest Hits"

NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on “Greatest Hits”

NFL run dmc 2 side by side

Buccaneers QG Josh Freeman recreates Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall"

Buccaneers QG Josh Freeman recreates Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall”

Josh Freeman as michael Jackson OTW side by side

Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte as the baby in Nirvana's Nevermind

Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte as the baby in Nirvana’s Nevermind

ryan lochte nirvana nevermind side by side

MLB stars Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton and Shane Victorino as Devo on "Freedom of Choice"

MLB stars Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton and Shane Victorino as Devo on “Freedom of Choice”

MLB devo album cover side by side

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra as Bob Dylan on "Freewheelin'"

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra as Bob Dylan on “Freewheelin'”

Jimmie Johnson recreates Bob Dylan side by side

Along with the final products, Clamer also created some behind-the-scenes videos and photographs during the shoots. They’re hosted by ESPN, but you can find a roundup of the BTS material over on Clamer’s blog.

ESPN’s Music Issue [Mattias Clamer via If It’s Hip, It’s Here via The Phoblographer]


Image credits: Photographs by Mattias Clamer and used with permission


 
  • Samcornwell

    I see Lochte lost his bottle on the photoshoot.

  • http://twitter.com/Aarography Aaro Keipi

    The amount of work going into each of these is breathtaking. I don’t really get the point of shooting sports stars as musicians, but I respect the outcome.

  • http://dsmithgalleries.com/ David Smith

    The Rick James one is pretty fantastic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahbugejak Sarah Bugeja Kissaun

    Wow – fantastic work! :D Must have taken ages to recreate them so perfectly!

  • digitalpain

    The “Nirvana” photo is not the same :P

    We don’t see the dick !! hahahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/leoabreuphoto Leonardo Abreu

    Well done, but awfull at the same time… ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliancallan Julian Callan

    Brilliant!

  • cheap shots for real

    nice shooting, but the concept gets no credit. how in the world someone came up with such a lame idea, athletes and album covers. and not even like sporty album covers, but something totally arbitrary? why not make famous album cover spoofs with little people, homeless, retards or dogs, or whatever that would have made a point or had an edge of any kind. i’m sure the grapher started with the nirvana, and thought it was too lame on it’s own and started thinking he had to come up with more to make it a series. nice technique doesn’t make pictures worthy if there’s no well thought concept behind, sorry.

  • hugh crawford

    “why not make famous album cover spoofs with little people, homeless, retards or dogs, or whatever that would have made a point or had an edge of any kind.”

    For the pretty simple reason that the client was ESPN and the assignment was to take photos of athletes.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

    This is pretty cool – I wonder when this was shot – I live on the street where the Dylan (and later) photo was shot – its in Greenwich village, NY – Tourists come and try to reproduce that photo all the time (except without the budget or old cars) :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelzrork Michael Zinfandel Rork

    But there is a connection… the race car driver’s album was “Freewheelin'”, the swimmer was underwater, the football players were in a band that started with “run”, the motorcycle rider was a “street” related album… though I don’t get the others.

  • http://twitter.com/machinegunjones ed.cetera

    why bother if you’re not going to do it exactly as per the original… and then, why bother at all?

  • Haha

    FTW

  • Shahiz Almonte

    LOL facepalmed, well done Hugh this cheap shots creep is a real douche, too douche to even attempt reading the article.

  • Mr Hogwallop

    and $$$