Hello, my bored friends! This time we present another cool collection of LEGO photos by Balakov (previously we had 20 Incredible LEGO Artworks by Nathan Sawaya).

Balakov’s real name is actually Mike Stimpson. He is a guy from United Kingdom that takes a lot of LEGO pictures and says that he loves “messing about with macro lighting”.

Where did he learn photography, or more exactly working with lights? “Strobist.com taught me everything I know.” says Balakov.

In his bio he also cites Garry Winogrand – “I photograph to see what something will look like photographed”. Strange explanation, but his photos are incredible.

Well, let’s jump to Balakov’s photos (the author calls his collection “Classics in LEGO”).

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Raising the flag on Iwo Jima

A Lego recreation of Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 photograph “Raising the flag on Iwo Jima”. One of the most published photographs in history.

Anti-Empire protest

A Lego Starwars themed take on Marc Riboud’s famous 1967 photograph taken at an anti-Vietnam protest in Washington.

I didn’t have enough ‘real’ soldiers to do it properly! :)

Afghan Girl

A Lego recreation of Steve McCurry’s 1985 National Geographic cover photograph of Sharbat Gula (previously known simply as “Afghan Girl” before her formal identification in 2002).

Tiananmen Square

A Lego recreation of Jeff Widener’s 1989 photograph of “The unknown rebel”.

Twickenham Streaker

Lego recreation of Ian Bradshaw’s 1974 photograph of streaker Michael O’Brien at Twickenham during the England-France rugby match.

Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare

Recreation of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “Behind the Gare Saint Lazare” in Lego http://www.natures-pencil.com/images/cbgsl.jpg

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

A lego reconstruction of the famous 1932 photograph “Lunch atop a skyscraper” taken by Charles Ebbets.

Original here.

Death of a Loyalist Soldier

A lego reconstruction of Robert Capa’s 1936 picture “Death of a Loyalist Soldier”

The original … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Capa,_Death_of_a_Loyalist_Sol…

Not sure the bow-tie was standard military uniform during the Spanish civil war, but I had to work with what I’d got :)


Lego reconstruction of Henri Cartier Bresson’s 1933 photograph ‘Madrid’.

Original here … www.afterimagegallery.com/bressonmadrid.htm

Not quite as wide-angle as the original, but hopefully still recognisable :)

By the Marne River

Lego recreation of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1938 photograph “By the Marne River” in Lego. Original here.

Setup shot here … www.flickr.com/photos/8258165@N07/2118590732/

You wouldn’t believe the number of times they fell over! I had to use tweezers to position the picnic plates.

Viet Cong Captain

A Lego recreation of Eddie Adams famous Vietnam war photograph from 1968. Original here … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Nguyen.jpg

The original is somewhat more distressing than the Lego version. It’s the smiley faces that do it.

V.J. Day Times Square

A Lego recreation of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1945 photograph “V.J. Day Times Square”.

Original here.

Tennis Girl

A Lego recreation of Martin Elliott’s 1976 photograph ‘Tennis Girl’.

Original here … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:TennisGirl_thumb.jpg

Moon Landing

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the Moon in 1969 – Photograph by Neil Armstrong

Original here … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Aldrin_Apollo_11.jpg

4 Minute Mile

A Lego version of Norman Potter’s 1954 photograph of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile, completing the distance in 3 min 59.4 sec at Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, May 6, 1954.

Original photo here … cache.eb.com/eb/image?id=69149&rendTypeId=4

Hand Of God

A Lego recreation of Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal during the quarter finals of the 1986 World cup between England and Argentina.

Original photo here … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Hand_of_God_goal.jpg

D-Day Landings 1

A Lego recreation of Robert Capa’s 1944 photograph taken during the D-Day landings on Omaha beach during World War II.

Original here … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Capa%2C_D-Day1.jpg

Monk On Fire

A Lego recreation of Malcolm Browne’s 1963 photograph of Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation in protest over persecution of Buddhists in South Vietnam.

Original here … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Burningmonk.jpg


A Lego recreation of the famous still frame from Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin’s 1967 film footage of Bigfoot.

Original photo here … paranormal.about.com/library/blclassic_patterson_bigfoot.htm

Reichstag Flag

A Lego recreation Soviet war photographer Yevgeny Khaldei’s 1945 photograph of the Red Army raising their flag on the German parliment building, the Rechistag, at the end of World War II.

Original here.


A Lego recreation of Lewis Hine’s 1920 photograph of a power house mechanic working on a steam pump.

Original here … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Lewis_Hine_Power_house_mechan…

Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent

A Lego recreation of Richard Avedon’s 1982 photograph of model and actress Nastassja Kinski wrapped in a boa constrictor.

Original here.

The Walk to Paradise Garden

A Lego recreation of W. Eugene Smith’s 1946 photograph entitled “The Walk to Paradise Garden”. Taken of his children entering a forest clearing.

Original photograph here: http://www.ideayayinevi.com/Foto_2008/Foto_001/foto_a/eugene_smith_children_walking.jpg

Churchill Portrait

A Lego recreation of Yousuf Karsh’s 1941 portrait of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Original here : www.yale.edu/terc/democracy/may1text/images/Churchill.jpg

Berlin Guard

A Lego recreation of Peter Leibing’s 1961 photograph of an East German border guard jumping the barbed wire fence during the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Original photo here : www.cs.utah.edu/~hatch/images/europe/berlin.guard

Rue Mouffetard, Paris

A Lego recreation of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1954 photograph taken on the Rue Mouffetard in Paris of a boy proudly carrying two bottles of wine.

Original here :www.soulcatcherstudio.com/exhibitions/favorites/hcb_rue.html

Miley Cyrus

A Lego recreation of Annie Leibovitz’s controversial 2008 photograph of 15 year old singer/actress Miley Cyrus.

Original here : www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-562548/Legendary-ph…


A Lego recreation of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 “Bed-In” in Amsterdam. Try as I might, I couldn’t find the name of the photographer who took the original photograph. There were many photographers present during the week long bed-in, including Roy Kerwood, Elmar Welge, Nico Koster, Cor Jaring, Gerry Deiter, Ivor Sharp and Bob Gruen. It may have been one of them, it may not have been. If anyone knows, add a comment please :-)

Original here : mog.com/Sturgell/blog/171987


Ok, I hope you’re sitting comfortably for the explanation of this one.

This is a Lego recreation of Richard Prince’s 1989 rephotograph “Untitled (Cowboy)”. When I checked last it was the 6th most expensive photograph in the world (sold at Christies in New York for $1,248,000 in 2005).

The original (shown here), if you can call it that, was a rephotographing of Marlboro cigarette advertisments cut from magazines (which were originally photographed by Sam Abell).

Moon and Half Dome

I’d be impressed if anyone managed to recognise this without the title.

Ansel Adams is probably my favourite photographer of all time, and this is one of my favourite photos of his. His photos don’t exactly jump out as being suitable for Lego reinterpretation, but I’ll be dammed if I’m not going to give it a go.

“Moon and Half Dome” was taken by Adams in 1960 in Yosemite national park, California. The original is here.

(Bamboo leaves for all the photos to Balakov)