Fatescapes: Iconic Photos with the People Removed

1968 Saigon

Photographer Pavel Maria Smejkal decided to do a project where he took iconic photos and re-envisioned them without the people in them. The project is called Fatescapes, and he tried to focus on exactly what happens in those moments and just how important the people are to the photos. He states, “Because we know these famous photographs so well, they are iconic still after removing the situation, the people. We know about that situation, we know what happened, Fatescapes doesn’t say that it did not happen. It asks questions about present, past and future, about photography as documentary medium, about sense and character of reportage photography and journalism, about our memory, history, about death…

1863 Gettysburg


1945a Iwo Jima

1945b Berlin

1972 Vietnam

1989 Beijing

1994 Sudan

1855 Crimea


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