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Vincent Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait Turned Into a Photograph

If photography had been around in the 19th century, would Vincent van Gogh have been a photographer instead of a master painter? Would he have created his self-portraits using a camera instead of a brush?

Photographer Tadao Cern recently decided to explore what Van Gogh’s work would look like as photography instead of painting, taking one of the artist’s most famous self-portraits and using Photoshoppery to transform it into a still photo.

Here’s the painting he started out with:

…and here’s the photograph Cern came up with:

Crazy, huh?

Check out this video that shows how the conversion was done:

Here’s what Cern tells us about the project:

I recreated one of the most famous Vincent Van Gogh self portraits as a photography using DSLR and ‘some’ Photoshop tricks. The idea came spontaneously – I saw my friend that has ginger hair and beard and thought that it would be very funny to make a portrait of Vincent Van Gogh.

He liked the idea and a week later we met in my studio. After some preparation work we made few shots and after a day of editing the final image I posted it on the Internet.

At the moment I have no plans to make something similar but who knows:) I think that this only one image stand quite good for himself as a project already.

Funny that a lot of people are confused by the image. Some of them keep asking me if there’s really a guy that looks so alike Van Gogh. Some of them don’t believe that it’s a photo at all. And some of them thought that I really took a picture of Vincent Van Gogh.

The accuracy of the recreation is amazing. You can find more of Cern’s work on his website, on Facebook, and on Behance.


P.S. You might recognize the name Tadao Cern. We’ve featured his work a couple times before — he’s the guy who created the viral photos and videos of people having their faces blasted by leaf blowers.


Image credits: Photograph and video by Tadao Cern

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