Peruvian artist and photographer Christian Fuchs looked up at the portraits of his illustrious line of aristocratic European and Latin American ancestors, and probably thought “Hey, I can do this too!” Reality happens to be a bit more complex though. Christian grew up looking at the portraits that had been in his family for up to five generations.
As a child, he looked at the portraits, played with them, and was fascinated with them. He didn’t know the names of people in the portraits, so he invented them. He talked to the portraits, and this fascination eventually led to this recreation and reinterpretation of the portraits.
Each portrait can take months to be complete. He starts with family letters, photographs and treasured heirlooms to better understand the character of his subject. The process is followed by sourcing costumes, accessories and jewelry to match the portrait of his ancestors. Once the portrait is complete, it is placed in a frame indicative of the period in which the relative lived.