These Photographs Rewrite History By Replacing White Actors In Iconic Films

These photographs are so beautiful.

If classic Hollywood films transcended race, culture, time and place, what would they look like? 

Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop and French-American photographer Antoine Tempé show us these imagined movies in their co-authored series entitled "[re-]Mixing Hollywood"

Their series pictures iconic scenes in American and French films, replacing white actors with African models who represent the culture in Dakar and Abidjan, where the photographs were shot. 

"The artists wanted to celebrate the magic of a good movie, the way it allows the viewer to relate to a plot, an actor, regardless of their origins and where the story happens," states Diop's website

On describing the project, the artists say they used scenes from cinema because it is the most universal art form. "Great movies of the past, as well as most recent ones, feature iconic scenes that have tremendously influenced pop cultures of very different societies. African major cities weren't left out." 

"[re-]Mixing Hollywood" was recently exhibited at hotel ONOMO Dakar Airport, but you can enjoy the photos below: 

The Matrix


Breakfast At Tiffany's

American Beauty

Blow Up

Thelma And Louise




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