Cortis & Sonderegger

'Double Take'

Saturday 7 December 2019 - Saturday 18 January 2020

Double Take
Reconstructing the History of Photography


Double Take presents thirty-nine uncannily accurate reconstructions of the great images and moments from history – ranging from the earliest known photograph, through the landmark events of the 20th and 21st century, the icons of popular culture and the art world, to the world’s most expensive photograph. These intricately crafted works have been created in miniature by photographers Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger. Inspired by the record auction price of $4.3m set by Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II in 2011, they set themselves a challenge: could they use model making and lighting skills to reconstruct the Gursky image in their Zürich studio? The photograph they created from a miniaturized diorama of Rhein II was a success. It worked! This one-off challenge became the starting point for a larger personal project by the duo – a whole series of increasingly elaborate and difficult recreations of photographs of pivotal events throughout history. The whole world, and the surface of the moon, were conjured in their studio.

Double Take is not just a technical tour de force – it opens up a wider consideration of image making, of the ‘slideshow’ of famous photographs we each hold in our memory, and of the problem at the heart of the medium: can the photographic image ever be trusted? With a full selection of images showing the making of the reconstructions in the studio, an introduction by Florian Ebner (of the Pompidou Centre), a supporting essay by Christian Caujolle and an in-depth interview with the photographers, Double Take is the perfect volume for all with a love of photography with a twist and a sense of humour.

Making of 'La cour du dumaine du Gras' (by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, 1826) 2012 Making of 'La cour du dumaine du Gras' (by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, 1826) 2012 Making of 'Draped Model, back view' (by Eugène Durieu and Eugène Delacroix, 1854) 2017 Making of 'Draped Model, back view' (by Eugène Durieu and Eugène Delacroix, 1854) 2017 Making of 'The valley of the shadow of death' (by Roger Fenton, 1855) 2015 Making of 'The valley of the shadow of death' (by Roger Fenton, 1855) 2015 Making of 'Mont Blanc: la Jonction' (by Louis-Auguste Bisson & Auguste-Rosalie Bisson, 1861) 2014 Making of 'Mont Blanc: la Jonction' (by Louis-Auguste Bisson & Auguste-Rosalie Bisson, 1861) 2014 Making of 'The Shirt of the Emperor, Worn during his execution' (by François Aubert, 1867) 2017 Making of 'The Shirt of the Emperor, Worn during his execution' (by François Aubert, 1867) 2017 Making of 'The Wright Brothers' (by John Thomas Daniels, 1903) 2013 Making of 'The Wright Brothers' (by John Thomas Daniels, 1903) 2013 Making of 'The Flatiron - Evening' (by Edward J. Steichen, 1905) 2016 Making of 'The Flatiron - Evening' (by Edward J. Steichen, 1905) 2016 Making of 'The last photo of the Titanic afloat' (by Francis Browne, 1912) 2014 Making of 'The last photo of the Titanic afloat' (by Francis Browne, 1912) 2014 Making of 'Grand Prix de l’A.C.F' (by Jacques-Henry Lartigue, 1912) 2016 Making of 'Grand Prix de l’A.C.F' (by Jacques-Henry Lartigue, 1912) 2016 Making of 'Five Soldiers Silhouette at the Battle of Broodseinde' (by Ernest Brooks, 1917) 2013 Making of 'Five Soldiers Silhouette at the Battle of Broodseinde' (by Ernest Brooks, 1917) 2013 Making of 'Nosferatu' (by Fritz Arno Wagner, 1922) 2016 Making of 'Nosferatu' (by Fritz Arno Wagner, 1922) 2016 Making of 'Le Violon d‘Ingres' (by Man Ray, 1924) 2016 Making of 'Le Violon d‘Ingres' (by Man Ray, 1924) 2016 Making of 'Derriere la Gare Saint-Lazare' (by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1932) 2016 Making of 'Derriere la Gare Saint-Lazare' (by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1932) 2016 Making of 'Nessie' (by Marmaduke Wetherell, 1934) 2013 Making of 'Nessie' (by Marmaduke Wetherell, 1934) 2013 Making of 'Part of the bedroom of Floyd Burroughs‘ cabin' (by Walker Evans, 1936) 2015 Making of 'Part of the bedroom of Floyd Burroughs‘ cabin' (by Walker Evans, 1936) 2015 Making of 'The Fallen Soldier' (by Robert Capa, 1936) 2016 Making of 'The Fallen Soldier' (by Robert Capa, 1936) 2016 Making of 'The Hindenburg Disaster' (by Sam Shere, 1937) 2014 Making of 'The Hindenburg Disaster' (by Sam Shere, 1937) 2014 Making of 'Attack on Pearl Harbour (by unknown .U.S. Navy Soldier, 1941) 2015 Making of 'Attack on Pearl Harbour (by unknown .U.S. Navy Soldier, 1941) 2015 Making of 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' (by Joe Rosenthal, 1945) 2013 Making of 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' (by Joe Rosenthal, 1945) 2013 Making of 'Flying Skirt' (by Sam Shaw, 1954) 2016 Making of 'Flying Skirt' (by Sam Shaw, 1954) 2016 Making of 'Parade - Hoboken, New Jersey' (by Robert Frank, 1955) 2018 Making of 'Parade - Hoboken, New Jersey' (by Robert Frank, 1955) 2018 Making of 'Milk Drop Coronet' (by Harold Edgerton, 1957) 2016 Making of 'Milk Drop Coronet' (by Harold Edgerton, 1957) 2016 Making of 'Walden' (by Russel Kirsch, 1957) 2016 Making of 'Walden' (by Russel Kirsch, 1957) 2016 Making of 'Moon and Half Dome' (by Ansel Adams , 1960) 2016 Making of 'Moon and Half Dome' (by Ansel Adams , 1960) 2016 Making of 'Frame 371' (by Abraham Zapruder, 1963) 2015 Making of 'Frame 371' (by Abraham Zapruder, 1963) 2015 Making of 'The bath of Mao' (by Quian Sije , 1966) 2016 Making of 'The bath of Mao' (by Quian Sije , 1966) 2016 Making of 'Black Power Salute at Olympic Games' (by John Dominis, 1968) 2017 Making of 'Black Power Salute at Olympic Games' (by John Dominis, 1968) 2017 Making of 'AS11-40-5878' (by Edwin Aldrin, 1969) 2014 Making of 'AS11-40-5878' (by Edwin Aldrin, 1969) 2014 Making of 'Olympia Munchen' (by Ludwig Wegmann, 1972) 2014 Making of 'Olympia Munchen' (by Ludwig Wegmann, 1972) 2014 Making of 'The Red Ceiling (by William Eggleston, 1973) 2016 Making of 'The Red Ceiling (by William Eggleston, 1973) 2016 Making of 'Fall of Saigon' (by Hugh Van Es, 1975) 2015 Making of 'Fall of Saigon' (by Hugh Van Es, 1975) 2015 Making of 'Paul Simonon at the New York Palladium, September 21st, 1979' (by Pennie Smith, 1979) 2016 Making of 'Paul Simonon at the New York Palladium, September 21st, 1979' (by Pennie Smith, 1979) 2016 Making of 'Rammstein' (by Martin Fuger, 1988) 2015 Making of 'Rammstein' (by Martin Fuger, 1988) 2015 Making of 'Tiananmen' (by Stuart Franklin, 1989) 2013 Making of 'Tiananmen' (by Stuart Franklin, 1989) 2013 Making of 'Exxon Valdez' (by Natalie B. Fobes, 1989) 2016 Making of 'Exxon Valdez' (by Natalie B. Fobes, 1989) 2016 Making of Rhein II (by Andreas Gursky, 1999) 2012 Making of Rhein II (by Andreas Gursky, 1999) 2012 Making of 'Concorde' (by Toshihiko Sato, 2000) 2013 Making of 'Concorde' (by Toshihiko Sato, 2000) 2013 Making of '9/11' (by John Del Giorno, 2001) 2013 Making of '9/11' (by John Del Giorno, 2001) 2013 Making of 'Abu Ghraib' (by unknown US soldier, 2003) 2014 Making of 'Abu Ghraib' (by unknown US soldier, 2003) 2014 Making of 'Tsunami' (by unknown tourist, 2004) 2015 Making of 'Tsunami' (by unknown tourist, 2004) 2015