Kevin John Best, OAM (27 January 1932 – 31 July 2012) was an Australian artist. Kevin Best photographs the past – or as close to it as is humanly possible to get. He painstakingly re-produces the images produced by Dutch painters of the 17th century.
“Still life photography is technically challenging and intellectually stimulating. While the original masters of the genre delighted in fooling people that their paintings were real, I delight when people think my photographs are paintings.” ~ Kevin Best
Kevin Best created contemporary photographic versions of the classic Dutch still life paintings (Vanitas included) by constructing complex sets incorporating authentic antique props, and then adding whimsical twists, such as iridescent bubbles (which also represent the ephemeral nature of mortality and brevity of life).
А popular Russian photographer Yekaterina Rozdestvenskaya is known for a series of “historical” artwork entitled “Private Collection”. These works, deemed educational by many admirers, have a pronounced kitschy feel and look. Kitsch like in “a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. No whimsical twists here, no authentic props or carefully selected authentic props. Most Russians would recognize their “cultural icons” — actors, writers and TV announcers mostly.