Thought-Provoking Photos of Fashion Ads Superimposed Over Real Bodies

What is the relationship between the real people who read fashion magazines and the images of model-perfection that pervade the publications’ ads? Even if we know that they represent something unattainable, it’s nearly impossible not to compare our own faces and bodies to their luxe, often romantic ideal. Photographers Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer dramatize this tension in a series called Knew Some of You Better Than Others, But I Miss You All, which we discovered via My Modern Met. In these self-portraits, Keller and Wittwer hold magazine closeups of models’ visages over their own faces, creating a striking contrast between real bodies and their digitally perfected counterparts. Click through to see some of our favorite shots from the project, then visit FT Contemporary for many more.

Photo credit: Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer