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About a year ago, Toronto residents began noticing a series of six-foot-high celebrity portraits on the sides of convenience stores around the city. There was a shirtless Justin Bieber with a gold chain around his neck, hair immaculately coiffed; Mike Tyson with his famous face tattoo; Zach Galifianakis in a T-shirt with a messenger bag slung casually around his shoulder. They were fascinated.
Selfies taken in front of these portraits started popping up on Instagram and Twitter, prompting widespread speculation about the origin of the mysterious images. "There were all these people wondering, what the **** are these things?” says Peter Andrew Lusztyk, the Canadian photographer who created the images and posted them all over town to create what he called an "illegal outdoor exhibition." "Everyone was like, is a new movie coming out or what?"
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Almost nobody guessed the truth about the images—that the portraits were actually of wax models from Madame Tussauds. Lusztyk had spent months shooting the images on site at the Madame Tussauds locations in Las Vegas and Washington, DC, where he shot the figures against a white backdrop, as if they were in a studio. He and his assistants worked in the morning, before the museum opened to the public.
The idea started as an experiment to determine if viewers could tell that the images were fake, but even Lusztyk was surprised at how realistic they...
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