Irina Werning

Male Sil Flor, 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires, Irina Werning.

Irina Werning is a photographer working in Buenos Aires, Argentina whose photos function as a form of remembering and revisiting. For her series “Back to the Future”, Irina casts her subjects as earlier versions of themselves. Using old found photographs, often from family photo albums, the artist recreates the scenes down to the smallest details often returning to the original locations and dressing her subjects in the same clothing. The images are shown as a diptych, alongside the original. If you look closely you can see the attention to detail the artist has paid in recreating these images including the type of cropping, lighting, props, location and filters that have been used.

Ian, 1983 & 2010, London, Irina Werning.

When choosing your source material for “Double Take” look closely at how the image is presented. How has the image changed over the years? Or how has it stayed the same?

Ato, 1992 & 2010, Buenos Aires, Irina Werning.

This project uses the idea of the archive in a very individual way. In a sense the work becomes autobiographical for the subjects. By placing themselves in an earlier time of their lives they are in some way reliving that future. Are there any great photos in your archive that are asking to be revisited?

Daphne, 1986 & 2011, Paris, Irina Werning.


“I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to re-enact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.”

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