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Classic photographs recreated in Lego

By dpreview staff on Nov 10, 2013 at 09:00 GMT
Classic photographs recreated in Lego 
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Classic photographs recreated in Lego 

Video game programer Mike Stimpson loves Lego. He also loves photography. Combining his two passions has resulted in a series of fascinating images that recreate iconic photographs with Lego blocks.  

On his website Stimpson talks about why he creates his Lego images:

'I enjoyed not only the taking of the photographs, but researching classic images and the stories behind them, the things most people wouldn't generally know.

Now I enjoy the fact that I'm bringing classic photographs and photographers to a new audience through my LEGO recreations, and hopefully that might get a few more people interested in finding out more about some of the world's great photographers.'

From Henri Cartier-Bresson to W. Eugene Smith, see if you can recognize the work of some photography's greats through his unique point of view in our gallery. We also included links to Stimpson's Flickr site for each photograph. There you can see the original image and his set up shots.  

Above: Charles Ebbets' 1932 photograph 'Lunch atop a skyscraper'.

Source: Mike Stimpson

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Total comments: 123
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Photowyzard
By Photowyzard (3 months ago)

Greatly enjoyed that series! Well done Lego!

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (4 months ago)

That is soooo wrong in so many ways... and I love them all! Missing: Capa's Spanish rebel at the moment of death (I bet Lego would probably not want that in their corporate store)... or the shot of the firemen raising the flag at ground zero in the days following the 9-11 attack... but Iwo Jima is there and so is the VJ Day Kiss! Well done!

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (4 months ago)

I think it's interesting the the photographer used a really shallow DOF, whereas the original photos are all deep DOF.

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Ricey
By Ricey (4 months ago)

Iwo Jima is fantastic. More please....

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JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (5 months ago)

#10 looks as if he brought his cup of coffee with him.

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Cjar
By Cjar (5 months ago)

I'm disappointed.
I thought the detail of the photographs would be captured by using Legos as tiles in a mosaic.

Using Lego dolls is cheating in my book.

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Spectro
By Spectro (5 months ago)

I done some lego photography too:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarch/sets/72157627319534670/

there is also a large group on flickr that does lego:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/lego/pool/

People do transformers, those big eyes dolls and bunch of other toys to mimic human life, fun and silly stuff out there.

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JL Martin
By JL Martin (5 months ago)

In 2001, a Spanish photographer, Marcos Vilarino. who has long worked the same subject, published a book with Lego and famous photographs: Have a look

http://www.cefvigo.com/galego/ficha_vilari%F1o.htm

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RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (4 months ago)

Seems like his are at least as good if not better

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Buttons252
By Buttons252 (5 months ago)

I enjoyed all of them, but raising the flag is my favorite.

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stevo23
By stevo23 (5 months ago)

How clever! I loved the first one best.

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HB 101
By HB 101 (5 months ago)

Love them.

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Parry Johnson
By Parry Johnson (5 months ago)

That was worth a good chuckle first thing in the morning! Fun and creative - just the way photography should be!

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solsang
By solsang (5 months ago)

The full lego set with titles are here http://www.flickr.com/photos/balakov/sets/72157602602191858/with/3016234514/

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whawha
By whawha (5 months ago)

Loves Lego. Loves photography. Has plenty of time at hand to carry out twee and very silly projects.
Dangerous combination! :)

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

Mike, dear. Please come and help fold the laundry. Just pretend the socks and undies are Legos. But don't hide any blocks in them. Oh, and then there is some Lego dishes to wash, leaky Lego loos to fix, and Lego errands to run. Don't forget the Lego 'Lectric bills to be paid, either.

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jacketpotato
By jacketpotato (5 months ago)

heehee :) LEGO RULES !!!

Why did the photogrpaher use shallow dof field.
Those classic photogrpahs were classics partly due to deep dof showing every element.

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M Irwin
By M Irwin (5 months ago)

Maybe just the semi-macro nature of it. Hard to get more DOF?

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (5 months ago)

Great fun.

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Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (5 months ago)

Most kids grow out of lego by the age of 10.

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (5 months ago)

Rubbish! I'm in my 40's and can't get enough of my kids' lego.

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Nigel Wilkins
By Nigel Wilkins (5 months ago)

Lego's awesome stuff if you like using your imagination. Many of my friends aged between 20 & 40 think the same!

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

Most people close up shop mentally after age 20 or so, according to Edward Bernays. After that, they are slaves of convention and PR. Creativity peaks early, around the stage that Legos appeal, then fades.

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Felipe Rodríguez
By Felipe Rodríguez (5 months ago)

Great!

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DaveE1
By DaveE1 (5 months ago)

Mercifully, the brand of camera used was not mentioned here. Otherwise, at least 70% of comments would have slated them as technically flawed.

These are fun, and the concept might also be a great way to get children interested in photography.

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JWest
By JWest (5 months ago)

Surely even that would be preferable to the inevitable barrage from us Brits arguing that it should be "Lego" and not "Legos"?

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

Canon "are." Nikon "sell." At least in the UK.

But "The United States" is. How? No consistency.

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alphacam
By alphacam (5 months ago)

wonderful pictures!!!

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Backstage
By Backstage (5 months ago)

Wonderful! Did you get them all?

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Hugowolf
By Hugowolf (5 months ago)

It is Lego, not Legos. Like sheep, they are not easily enumerable. Sheeps?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

I thought it was like lambs.

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Nigel Wilkins
By Nigel Wilkins (5 months ago)

What about fishes...can we say fishes?

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Illumina
By Illumina (5 months ago)

Love the iwojima shots :D
Nice and creative shots overall

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ArcaSwiss
By ArcaSwiss (5 months ago)

Seems like a laughable waste if time to me

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Laszlo13
By Laszlo13 (5 months ago)

Not as much as commenting on it

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ChipNC
By ChipNC (5 months ago)

What's the matter with you? A little creativity really doesn't fit your style? I just looked for a picture that you've posted on this site. Not a one that I could find!. Lots of comments, most of them negative and worthless. Put your lens where you mouth is! It's time most of us start researching the site for the work others have done when they put their comments here. If they don't have some of their work here, too, then the comments are probably close to worthless.

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Black Box
By Black Box (5 months ago)

So only a physicist can comment on nuclear bombing and only a politician can criticize a law? A bit too defensive, don't you think?

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rodderslw
By rodderslw (5 months ago)

er thats kind of the point. Also laughing is NEVER a waste of time.

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mcshan
By mcshan (5 months ago)

Looks like I can't say I find Yo-Yo Ma's playing boring as I don't play the cello.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (5 months ago)

@Black Box Thank you Captain Obvious!

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Black Box
By Black Box (5 months ago)

A good idea taken too far. I believe the famous "man vs. tank" photo shouldn't be there. Scratched me as offensive toward that brave man.

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dougeryb
By dougeryb (5 months ago)

I think the photos celebrate these historic moments. leogo's are a classic toy and through a creative mind have been transformed into an homage to the original photographs. I think these photos touch the inner child in most of us, I know it did in me, and it definitely did touch my 8 year old sons interest in BW photography ;)

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (5 months ago)

A little bit of fun. They are nice reminders of the epic photos they represent.

I am not so impressed with most of the photos as such really. Henri Cartier Bresson's jumping guy and the guys on the construction steel beam are quite nice though. IMHO.

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Owen
By Owen (5 months ago)

I think the one that wasn't done, that stands out in my mind, is a still taken from the Kennedy assassination where his wife Jackie is reaching back to help the Secret Service to get onboard the Limo.

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Black Box
By Black Box (5 months ago)

You seriously think THAT very moment should be reproduced in Lego? Would you want your kids to play this particular "pretend"?

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HDF2
By HDF2 (5 months ago)

Except she's not trying to help them get on the limo. She is in shock an reaching back to try and get a piece of the President's skull that ended up on the trunk of the car (gruesome, I know).

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Black Box
By Black Box (5 months ago)

Would look wonderful recreated in play-dough! How about action figures! "Caution: detachable skull fragment can cause choking!"

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HDF2
By HDF2 (5 months ago)

By the way, the gruesome description in my post is not made up. It is what has been said about the event by the people who were there. It's not intended as a snarky retort.

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JaFO
By JaFO (5 months ago)

Lego is as much fun for grown ups as it is for kids
They even have a series of architecture (plus matching prices) that definitely puts the boxes out of range of mere kids.

Kids pretend a lot of stuff that isn't "fun" when you start to think about it.
*bang* you're dead ...

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pdcm
By pdcm (5 months ago)

Brill :)

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Almeida
By Almeida (5 months ago)

Where's the Afghan girl? Can't get enough of it!

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (5 months ago)

These images remind me of 'Team America'.

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justinwonnacott
By justinwonnacott (5 months ago)

If you like that you will probably also like "The Robert Frank coloring book" by Jno Cook here http://jnocook.net/frank/rfcolor1.htm

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Ferling
By Ferling (5 months ago)

That looked like a fun project. I like them.

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GGD
By GGD (5 months ago)

very well done, thank you for a brief lesson in classical photography.

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AndreyT
By AndreyT (5 months ago)

At first one wonders what was the point of reposting these images again, after we have seen them hundreds of times already (they were making rounds around the Net for a few years now). But then one notices that there's an obvious political bias in the selection of these images: out of all those well-known Lego photo recreation pictures only the ones were cherry picked that fit certain propaganda-censorship agenda. And then a few "neutral" pictures were added to masquerade the original intent. Apparently someone at "dpreview staff" saw this veiled trolling opportunity and took it.

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DPReview Staff
By DPReview Staff (5 months ago)

Wow. What on Earth are you talking about?

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HobbiesAreFun
By HobbiesAreFun (5 months ago)

And the moon landing was faked, too. Whaaaat. It sounds like you must love conspiracy theories :)

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AndreyT
By AndreyT (5 months ago)

Wow! At the end of 2013 someone still has the audacity to suggest that matters of that nature are "conspiracy theories" :)

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thomasw333
By thomasw333 (5 months ago)

"What?" This is the first time I have seen these photos, thank you DPR. As to what some people (a single person actually) say about political propaganda, again I say, "what?"

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (5 months ago)

@thomasw333 & HobbiesAreFun
You have to see it the other way around, everything published that doesn't contain accusations about 'agendas' by definition has an agenda. Anything not openly trying to get a message across must actually be trying to secretly do this.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (5 months ago)

Oh, the Tea Party BS again...

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Archiver
By Archiver (5 months ago)

Is the OP the same guy who claimed marketing/advertising conspiracy theory behind the Smoking Indian Headdress woman? What's next? A photo of a smiling child is a conspiracy of the leftist childrearing movement?

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Backstage
By Backstage (5 months ago)

whould you be so nice and share the links to the other sources in the net you are talking about?

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racketman
By racketman (5 months ago)

look forward to your Lego video of the Rodney King beating...

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

The artist shows a sinister bias against the Boston Red Socks. Otherwise, I see nothing that would offend an over-65 arch conservative US male with a 24x7 penchant for Lego.

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (5 months ago)

Love the Halsman/Dali one !

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backayonder
By backayonder (5 months ago)

"Legos"??

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

Pedantic??

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backayonder
By backayonder (5 months ago)

I knows sorry

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Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (5 months ago)

Perfect internet photography. Click, look, delete.

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Miwok
By Miwok (5 months ago)

Does the one on your avatar is made by you?

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Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (5 months ago)

That was a question?

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Breidablick
By Breidablick (5 months ago)

I think the question was: Where are your photographs, worthy not to be deleted?

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Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (5 months ago)

So, let me understand this: If you haven't painted the altar and ceiling of an important church you are not allowed to comment on it?

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Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (5 months ago)

Oh, and one more thing... Post something on this particular story a month from now when you've come back to admire these.

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Todd Ka
By Todd Ka (5 months ago)

Why I am a sucker for this stuff?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (5 months ago)

Because they're lovely.

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (5 months ago)

Loved it!

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (5 months ago)

Personally, I think all these have been faked, staged or photoshopped

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Breidablick
By Breidablick (5 months ago)

Yea, especially that dying soldier. Does'nt seem to carry a fully functional weapon. AND, if you're pixel peeping, he is smiling!

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rodderslw
By rodderslw (5 months ago)

Yeah these people do not look life like at all. This is the problem with the new Sony A7 sensor… : )

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AlexBakerPhotoz
By AlexBakerPhotoz (5 months ago)

Very funny idea, should be a test for photography students.

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inframan
By inframan (5 months ago)

It's a statement in itself about its readers that DPR felt compelled to identify each source photograph.

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Virvatulet
By Virvatulet (5 months ago)

And I salute them for making that prudent decision for us. There is no need to be a wannabe elitist fake.

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random78
By random78 (5 months ago)

Who would I rather be - someone who wants to learn about these classic works, or a snob who considers others beneath him as he already knows about these and other don't. I would take the first, thank you.

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inframan
By inframan (5 months ago)

I'm not even sure what a " wannabe elitist fake" is, but my apologies for ruffling authentic populist feathers. ;)
Am I a snob because I think people allegedly interested in photography should be expected to do some basic groundwork in its history? So be it.

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Virvatulet
By Virvatulet (5 months ago)

A wannabe elitist would be a person who feels the need to empower himself through looking down his nose at others; and fake that would be, because the higher intellectual and heart's sophistication comes with emancipation from such vulgar pettiness.

If you could have recognised all the photographical references without the notes then you can commend yourself for a good reason. The fact the notes are there for others who might not be so savvy in the art takes nothing away from you or me for that matter.

Anyhow, if your OP remark was stumbling, my response was not much better either. Fair enough?

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TClair
By TClair (5 months ago)

Excellently conceived and executed concept.

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Dames01
By Dames01 (5 months ago)

what a cool idea!
some people commenting here, once again miss the opportunity to keep their absolutely clueless comments to themselves...

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Kendunn
By Kendunn (5 months ago)

A bit off topic, but I was thinking the other day that "Power House Mechanic" looks so fake its silly. I was trying to teach my son the right way to use hand tools and got to remembering how the guy in the picture is using such poor technique that it has to be a set up.

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fuego6
By fuego6 (5 months ago)

Very smart!

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (5 months ago)

Well, there are two ways to see these renderings: if you are narrow-minded you'll say it's sacrilege; on the other hand, if you take a more laidback approach to life, you'll find them absolutely irresistible, full of humour and imagination. And a spirited homage to these great pictures. I used to be a kid who'd be very happy to get Legos as gifts. These renderings bridged together those days and my incumbent passion for photography.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (5 months ago)

Is it nice or sad to know that even HCB wasn't above publishing mere snapshots?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (5 months ago)

I believe he'd smile if the saw this.

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Jing Ko
By Jing Ko (5 months ago)

The 'unknown rebel' one on page 7 is so unforgettable.

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olroux
By olroux (5 months ago)

Realy great!

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