Stern, a photojournalist who splits his time between L.A. and his native England, gave us insight into the series that won us over so quickly, “You Are Not Banksy” His satisfyingly precise real life versions of Banksy’s flower chucker, Mona Lisa with rocket-propelled grenade, kissing bobbies, etc., all of which we’d stared at in awe of every careful detail, came about after a parallel amount of attention to: “2 or 3 months of scouring eBay and Army and Navy shops,” Stern told the Huffington Post. “I wanted to see how possible it is to recreate [Banksy's work] as three-dimensional photographs. I found out it’s quite difficult.”
Stern got the idea for the series while directing a photo shoot for an actor friend of his. It was summery out, and Stern wanted to do a portrait inspired by last summer’s London riots. After styling his friend to look like Banksy’s famous image of a man throwing a flower pot instead of a petrol bomb, Stern realized he was onto something.
- via Huffington Post