David Eger is a photography and non-traditional visual arts teacher. For years, avid Star Wars fan Eger had contemplated doing a 365 project, but had not gotten around to it. Cloned Photos is a mini-series that was born from his 365 Days of Clones project. It all began with a photo project assigned to his students during the Christmas holidays of 2010. On the last day of Christmas break, which happened to be Jan. 1, 2011, Eger took a photo of couple Clone Troopers with an iPod, titling it "And it Begins…" For the rest of the year, Eger created, edited and posted a new photograph of his clone troopers online daily.
54/365 | Troopers Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
This day's photo pays homage to a photo taken by Joe Rosenthal entitled Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. The original photograph was taken on February 23, 1945.
Through the course of his year-long assignment, Eger became most interested by the photos that had significance to a specific date or historical event. This desire to relate his daily posting to what "day" it was became a mini-series he called, Clone Photos. His first photo was his recreation of Joe Rosenthal's infamous Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. Like many of iconic recreations, Troopers Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima was created, photographed, edited and posted on the anniversary of the original photograph.
119/365 | A Royal Kiss
This day was the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Our troopers thought they would reenact the couples' first kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
248/365 Alternative | Death of a Clone Trooper
It was on this day; September 5, 1936, that Robert Capa took one of the most recognizable shots of the Spanish Civil War.
156/365 | Tank Trooper or The Unknown Trooper
The Tiananmen Square Protests began on April 15, 1989 and concluded on June 5, 1989. It was on this date that the infamous Tank Man or Unknown Rebel photograph was taken by Jeff Widener.
220/365 | Abbey Road
On Friday, August 8, 1969; Ilan Macmillan took one of the most recognizable images of the 1960s. Macmillan was the photographer who took the Beatles Abbey Road cover shot.
226/365 | The Cloned Kiss
The Kiss; taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt at the Victory over Japan parade in New York City in 1945, is one of the best-known images from the first half of the 20th century.
272/365 | Troopers atop a Skyscraper
It was on this day; September 29, 1932, that Charles C. Ebbets took the famous photo entitled Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper. For over 70 years, this image was thought to have been taken by Lewis Hine.
207/365 | Segregated Trooper
Today is Elliott Erwitt's birthday! Although Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the term "decisive moment," Erwitt was a master at capturing it. Our Trooper has decided to recreate one of Erwitt's most well know shots depicting the segregation of African Americans in the 1950s.
162/365 | C.T. Clone Trooper
On June 11, 1982; E.T. Extra Terrestrial was released. This film is arguably one of the greatest science fiction films of the 20th century.
298/365 | Cloned Guernica
Today would have been Pablo Picasso's birthday. Although I have always been a photographer, I have to admit that Picasso's work has always interested me. Our Troopers thought they would recreate one of his most influential works; Guernica.
342/365 | Imagine
Today is the 31st anniversary of the death of John Lennon. Lennon was one of the founding members of the Beatles and by far my favorite. Our Trooper and Lord Vader decided they would pay homage to Lennon by recreating the infamous photo taken by Annie Leibovitz a few hours before his untimely death.
145/365 | Trooper vs Trooper
The image of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston is one of the most well known boxing, and arguably sports photographs of all time. It was on this day; May 25, 1965, that Ali and Liston had a rematch. Ali won with a knock-out in the first round.