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Photographer Recreates Historical Portraits Using Direct Descendants of the Subjects, Including Thomas Jefferson’s Sixth Great Grandson

By July 6, 2020Current News

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[by Jack Alexander]

One photographer has been shooting portraits with the goal of recreating famous portraits of some of history’s most prominent figures — but with an interesting twist: His subjects are the descendants of historical figures. For one portrait in particular, he located Thomas Jefferson’s sixth great-grandson.

Drew Gardner is not only a photographer but also a history enthusiast who was was commissioned by Smithsonian magazine to work on a project involving recreating renown portraits of famous figures from centuries past. The feat involves sourcing props and backdrops reminiscent of the era of the original photograph, with Gardner also trying to align the lighting style.

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