Nicolas Silberfaden

Nicolas Silberfaden: Superheroes Of The 21st Century

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Superhero movies are extremely popular these days; The Avengers, Spiderman, Ironman, Batman and now a reboot of Superman. We just can’t seem to get enough of the idea that there are people out there ready to swoop in and save the day. Superheroes give us hope in desperate times, no matter how unrealistic they may seem. I think there is a small belief in all of us that they really do exist. Perhaps that’s why I find these images so intensely sad and tragic. They remind me of a fantastic documentary Jeffery and I watched a few years back called Confessions of a Superhero (available streaming on Netflix), which chronicles the lives of four people who make their living working as superhero characters on Hollywood Boulevard. It showed that the life of the superhero in real life is not even close to that of our imaginations.The idea that even superheroes have succumbed to the depression of the times we find ourselves living in is hard to look at. That idea is at the core of what Nicolas Silberfaden was thinking when he took these portraits of would-be superheroes; wanting us to see without our rose-colored glasses that we are all affected by the economy we find ourselves in. “I have decided to do a photographic project consisting of a series of studio portraits of superhero and celebrity impersonators that live and work in the city of Los Angeles. Most of them unemployed Americans, they decided to suit up with their costumes and hit the streets, animate parties and events in efforts to make ends meet,” says Silberfaden, “Making them pose in their costumes against a colorful backdrop, I ask them to manifest feelings of genuine sadness – honest emotions that are a consequence of our current times. The result is a somber, striking visual image that contradicts the iconic nature of strength and moral righteousness typical in American superhero and celebrity imagery. Creating the illusion that Superman does exist – that he too was fallible and affected by America’s downturn.”


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  • patrick shipstad September 11, 2012   Reply →

    Wow, cool series.. thanks!!

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