As a student at the School of Fine Arts in Caen, France, Guillaume Hebert studied painting.
He later transitioned into photography, but rather than leave his first love behind he developed a novel way to combine it with his new passion.
In his 2017 series Rocks of Ludao, Hebert seamlessly combined photographs of the Taiwanese shoreline with classical landscape paintings he found on Google Images, creating hybrid photograph-paintings convincing enough to fool the casual viewer.
The experiment proved so successful that Hebert reprised it in another series, Updated Landscape, in which he juxtaposed photographs of banal urban scenery with the lush Baroque and Romantic landscapes of artists like Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Eugène Delacroix, and William Turner.
Hebert took the photographs for the series in China, Indonesia, and Taiwan, then spent days poring over high-resolution digital reproductions of paintings, looking for ones that would match his photographs in lighting and perspective.
Since all of the artists were long dead and their paintings the property of public museums, Hebert didn’t encounter any copyright issues.