Jojakim Cortis; Adrian Sonderegger: Double Take (Lars Müller Publishers, 2018)


Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger are Swiss artists who began their collaboration in 2005, focusing their artistic practice on conceiving and manufacturing surreal worlds in compositions of “staged” 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.


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?” Publisher’s Info









With photographs by Jojakim Cortis, Adrian Sonderegger | With contributions by Christian Caujolle, Florian Ebner, William A. Ewing | Design: Martin Andersen / Andersen M Studio | 27 × 24 cm | 128 pages, 87 illustrations | hardback | German.