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Superheroes In History

At first glance, Agan Harahap’s Superheroes  appears to be a tongue-in-cheek look at world history: Superman with Allied troops at the Normandy D-Day Landings; Batman inspecting paratroopers just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the European continent; Darth Vader at the Meeting of Yalta with Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. By inserting popular culture icons into photographs of historic world events, Indonesian photographer, Agan Harahap, forces us to rethink history and the way we remember the past. Conflating historical events with fictional characters that have become so much a part of our popular imagination onto the photographic plane, his pictures have cleverly tricked us momentarily into believing that these characters exist and were present to witness these events.These photos were produced by Agan Harahap, a wildlife photographer from Indonesia. No doubt, he’s a fan of superheroes. After the break, check out the unique black-and-white pictures.


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    Why would batman be with castro? or worse Captain America with the Nazi?

    • fernando Diaz

      cuz castro’s a boss

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684442060 Claire Driver

    i wouldn’t look too deeply into it. just enjoy them.

  • xtblitz

    sure, let’s be superficial enough to have fun with scenes from a genocide. super cool.

  • Peter

    This is terrible work. There is nothing profound about infusing comic book characters into historic photographs. It seems contrived and the “artist” comes off as one trying to hop on the current super-hero fad bandwagon. I cannot wait until this mainstream superhero craze is behind us – and this comes from someone who grew up reading and still reads comics.