It’s just a fantasy created by photographer Alison Jackson, using look-alikes…Yet what if?

“Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable,” Jackson explains. “The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look—our voyeurism—and our need to believe.”


(More of her work here.)


27 Comments on Intimate Pictures of Marilyn and JFK?

  1. I love the idea of perception and how what we see, or at least, THINK we see changes the image in our mind, and then all that we associate with it. Reminds me of if US magazine existed in the 60s….

    Also reminds me somehow of the movie, "Vanilla Sky" because of that whole vivid dream idea…we see only what we want to see….goes for relationships as well….

    love this. going to check out her work!

  2. I'm glad to know about it but the iffy moral issue & overly derivative nature of the art…hmmm. I dunno. I like a lot of Cindy Sherman, for example, & so derivative is not always a bad thing of course (e.g., collage, remixes, etc). Will think on this.

    (I take BeautyFiles point & agree…but I am profoundly grateful that US magazine did not exist when I was growing up.)

  3. Wow….I'm taken aback by these photos! (especially since I am a believer in some of the theories I'm sure we've all heard)

    I have to agree with some of the comments made regarding US magazine. I, too, am glad not to have grown up with it.

    Great post!! Very thought provoking!

  4. Unreal! I mean, yes, it is "unreal". But if you hadn't said anything I think I would've bought in pronto. Kinda eerie. But amazing.

  5. I was in my 7th grade French class when Kennedy was
    assassinated…I ran home screaming and crying..
    I often wonder..
    We all are voyeurs, aren't we?
    These were so well done, and lovely..


  6. How beautiful! I wish I could have lived in that time! Those were sexy times! Great photos, great entry! xxx LZ

  7. What an amazing collection. It's really haunting work, as I daresay almost half of the photos include people who are no longer with us. The Marilyn and JFK ones are both provocative and also sad; you wonder how many private moments people in the public eye truly have to themselves and their loved ones.

  8. this pictures are stunning. really emotional.
    they are telling a story.
    it really looks like them. what a fabulous project.

  9. This is especially interesting compared to our modern tabloid culture. I don’t think JFK could have possibly gotten away with the alleged scandal today … at least not with out a few incriminating (but tender and beautiful) photos like these.