Artist Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of Art

Christian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of Art

Talented Swiss photographer Christian Tagliavini loves cultivating stories with open endings of unexplored themes or unusual concepts, as we have seen previously. Through Tagliavini’s background he is able to invent, create and produce images that blend fine arts and craftsmanship. This exciting collision of circumstances resulted the transformation of an ordinary deck of cards into these life-sized works of art, where he takes on the role of fashion designer and photographer by constructing these unique pieces from paper and cardboard.

Christian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of ArtChristian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of ArtChristian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of Art

Each shoot is really time consuming, and he usually spends close to one month preparing for a single photoshoot. Tagliavini states in an interview, “I’m fascinated by the fact that I don’t simply release the shutter, the real fun for me is before I take the pictures. I say that I’m not really a photographer, but a workman of photography. I like to play at designing and create clothes no one can really wear.”

Christian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of ArtChristian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of ArtChristian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of Art

He experiments with several drafts before deciding on one direction, where the model is just one small part of the process. Each card frame is constructed in wood and then the extra elements are added which include laser cut cardboard and paper that is mounted onto wooden frames for solid structuring. The models are then places in front of those pieces and posed accordingly. “I’m looking for perfection and that’s not easy,” states Tagliavini “When I take a photo, I’m never satisfied and I want to do it again because I try to devote the greatest attention to every detail. It can take two, three or even five weeks before I have a single photo.”

Christian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of ArtChristian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of Art

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