Dioramas of Iconic Photos: Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger,

It all started with a joke—a rather ironic challenge, if you will, to recreate the world’s most expensive photograph: Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II. Because for commercial photographers Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger, that meant tolling away in their spare time when money wasn’t coming in to recreate a photograph that had just sold for $4.3 million. This was the beginning of Ikonen, an ambitious project to meticulously recreate iconic historical scenes in miniature. The ongoing project includes immediately recognizable shots—the Wright Brothers taking flight, the Lock Ness Monster poking its head out, “Tank Man” halting tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests—because the images have been seared into our collective memory.

Making of “The Wright Brothers” (by John Thomas Daniels, 1903)
“The Wright Brothers” (by John Thomas Daniels, 1903)
Making of “Tiananmen” (by Stuart Franklin, 1989)
“AS11-40-5878″ (by Edwin Aldrin, 1969)