Photographer Lucian Hunziker wants to give you a whirlwind tour of the history of portrait photography. For his new photo project and book titled Basel in Portraits, Hunziker photographed 59 celebrities in the iconic styles of 59 different famous photographers from the past 150 years.
It’s “my personal photo project about ‘learning the best from the best’,” Hunziker tells PetaPixel.
The photographer is based in Basel, Switzerland, and his subjects are people from his city who have made a mark in culture, sports, science and politics. Among the faces that appear in the project are tennis star Roger Federer, Oscar-winning film producer Arthur Cohn, architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, and soccer player Marco Streller.
The series is an interesting look at what modern day celebrities might have looked like had they been photographed by some of the biggest names in the history of photography, including Henri-Cartier Bresson, Andy Warhol, and Man Ray.
Here are some of the portraits in the collection. See if you can guess the photographer the style is based on before reading the name in the caption:
“Basel in Portraits” is a 276-page hardcover book that can be purchased for 68 Swiss Franks from Hunziker’s online shop, and you may also be able to find it through channels such as Amazon. If you want to learn more about this project, check out its page on Hunziker’s website.
Image credits: Photographs by Lucian Hunziker and used with permission