Chicago-based photographer, Freddy Fabris has worked on commercial projects for clients like Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ogilvy & Mather, but it was an original decision to focus on a personal project popped into a bevy of awards and accolades. Fabris, who has great painting skills, had long been thinking about how to pay tribute to the works of famous painters like Rembrandt and Da Vinci using his camera. While accompanying a friend to an auto repair shop, inspiration suddenly struck. Fabris would pose the auto mechanics in the style of classical portraits, and in tableaus nostalgic of Philippe de Champaigne’s The Last Supper and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.
While the photos are admittedly absurd, the staggering amount of craft and skill present in each shot is undeniable. From the solid composition of bodies to the excellent use of light to illuminate the face of each subject, the portraits, in particular, are strangely dignifying.