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DC Comics

Are you a Super Hero or
Are you a Super Villain?
An original photo series by Stefan Pinto

After a three decade-long affinity for comic books, acclaimed portrait photographer Stefan Pinto embarked on a journey to photograph his Instagram friends as DC Comics characters. In this compelling photographic survey, Pinto matched personalities and faces to those of beloved DC Comics characters. Stefan Pinto’s luminous, cinematic comic book portraits transport the viewer into a Prime-Earth existence where super heroes and super villains indeed do exist! The astonishing photography project includes -- but not limited to -- celebs (Garrett Clayton, James Maslow, Lance Bass, Naomi Grossman, the Vanderpump Rules cast, an American Idol contestant, Queer Eye ) as DC Comics characters and respective super hero teams including The Titans, Justice League and the Suicide Squad. There are over 150 images represented in this astounding project!


Stefan Pinto is a mega DC Comics fan. His Instagram Friends as DC Comics Characters was photographed over an 11-month time period. All of the images are 100% original from the concept, to photography — and styling. The styling was kept consistent with the characters’ costumes as they appeared in the comic books -- but with the small caveat that the characters existed among us today -- except they had super powers! Where would you purchase a costume if you woke up and discovered you had powers? Probably Amazon. The project was covered by local news station, KTLA in Los Angeles to coincide with an exhibit at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Tap here to see the KTLA segment on YouTube

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