French photographer Sacha Goldberger has created a quirky photo series that perfectly expresses the timeless quality of some of our favorite superheroes and villains – by re-imagining them as 16th-century Flemish portrait models.


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One of the most striking things about the “Super Flamands” photo series, other than the brilliant idea itself, is the fact that it isn’t Photoshopped (though we aren’t sure about Yoda). Those super-hero costumes, which manage to stay faithful both to the hero and to the historical period, are real, and so are the heroic look-alike models wearing them. Judging by the credits for the project and by Goldberger’s photos of the exhibit, this was a massive undertaking!

Read on to see Goldberger’s answers to Bored Panda’s questions about his work!

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I am so fond of super heroes, and I was also raised with Flemish paintings in my parent’s house,” Goldberger told Bored Panda.

I always try to give my point of view on things. I try to tell a story. With this series, I am speaking about a lot of things, like European romanticism, mortality, vulnerability…

I have been working on super heroes with my grandmother mamika for the last 5 years. Three years ago I did a Flemish painting series.
This Super Flemish series is the conclusion of 5 years of work

Goldberger said that their were many unique challenges in this project: “How to find perfect super hero look-alikes? How to get animals? What would the costume look like in the 15th, 16th centuries…

He added that the project was “the work of a team. I am only the photographer. All my team is so professional and precious. Thank you to them

Thank you, Sacha Goldberger, for your interview with Bored Panda. Keep up the good work!