Death of an Icon

W Time Square. New York City, USA.

Permanent Collection


Death of an Icon is a collaged commentary on the construct of celebrity culture and the result of fame on Hollywood, Los Angeles. Burnstein collages icons of the silver screen against landscape photography of eroding Los Angeles to disrupt the illusions of fame at W Time Square in New York City.

Celebrities of Old Hollywood (1920-1960) projected a glamour and lifestyle that has transcended into the digital era. Nostalgic for their representation on screen, the studios that managed careers maintained public images that are still held in popular culture.

Resident photographer Jason Barbagelott captures the pollution, poverty and resulting lifestyle many LA natives face, to be collaged against the idea of Hollywood cast on screens. The resulting artworks disrupt the traditional celebrity portrait, confronting the golden era with the eminent death of the city which captured their essence.