STEVE AND ME
In November 2014, the Austrian photographer Nik Pichler interpreted Steve Kaufman – Andy Warhol’s assistant and renowned pop artist in his own right – with his “reflection art photography” technique. With this kind of photography he created a connection between the here and now, and the Pop art of its time. He chose shop windows on Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue as reflective surfaces for Steve Kaufman’s original pictures (incl. Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Princess Diana and Salvador Dalí). To everyone’s surprise he did not start out by working with reflections but had these pictures taken from their frames and laid them out on streets, highways, and in backyards, or stuck them on house walls in L.A. to photograph them. “I need to bring him down to lift him up“, he explained. He created two series this way: “Steve and Me” in reflection art as well as “Smart Street Art“.