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Alison Jackson says her work shows what a “gooey and deceptive” photograph is – .


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Parody artist Alison Jackson, famous for her controversial fake celebrity photos, said her work shows how photography is a “slimy and deceptive medium.”

The British photographer is known for creating realistic comic photographs of A-lister look-alikes in awkward settings, including Kate Middleton and Prince William in the bath and even the Queen sitting in the toilet.

The 61-year-old, who lives in London, says she initially wanted to become a sculptor, but was encouraged to pursue this art form while studying for her masters at the Royal College of Art.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Jackson said that despite the fact that she “hates” photography, she is still keen to create controversial images through this medium.

Parody artist Alison Jackson, famous for her controversial fake celebrity photos, said her work shows how photography is a “slimy and deceptive medium.” The artist is pictured in London last month

The UK photographer, pictured in 2011, is known for creating realistic comedic photographs of A-lister look-alikes in challenging frames

The UK photographer, pictured in 2011, is known for creating realistic comedic photographs of A-lister look-alikes in challenging frames

“I hate photography because it’s a slimy and deceptive medium, and I’ve done quite a job showing how slimy and deceptive it is,” she explained.

In 1999, Jackson was threatened with deportation from CAR for exhibiting an image of a Princess Diana lookalike holding a biracial baby alongside a Dodi al-Fayed doppelgänger in his Mental Images – Royal Family series.

The Duke of Edinburgh was said to have been so upset by the images that he withdrew from the exhibition opening that year – but that did not deter Jackson from creating controversial pieces.

“I would absolutely do another piece like this,” she said. ‘[And] if you find it outrageous, you have to look in your own mind.

The photographer is pictured posing in front of her work

The photographer is pictured posing in front of her “Seeing is deceiving” work showing a queen lookalike in bed in 2011

The artist has revealed that a young Prince Harry lookalike she used for a shoot outside the Prince of Wales house ended up handcuffed (Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton lookalikes from 2011)

The artist has revealed that a young Prince Harry lookalike she used for a shoot outside the Prince of Wales house ended up handcuffed (Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton lookalikes from 2011)

Jackson is famous for recreating celebrities - from the royals to the US President - in ordinary situations, including shopping, taking selfies, and even being perched on the toilet.

Jackson is famous for recreating celebrities -om the royals to the US President – in ordinary situations, including shopping, taking selfies, and even being perched on the toilet.

Alison, whose outrageous images include a Meghan Markle lookalike wrestling a fake Duchess of Cambridge on the ground by her hair, has previously revealed that she often chases people down the street if they have the celebrity ‘look’ she is she wanted.

After creating a series of images satirizing Donald Trump in 2016, Jackson revealed that she saw 300 lookalikes in auditions, but none were successful, so she resorted to people on the streets.

Speaking on ITV, she said: “I would run after them and say ‘Hey you look like Donald Trump’ and since I mentioned that name they would run away, hang up the phone. [or] yell at me.

“Eventually I was told to push back unequivocally and a lot less polite than that, so I gave up slightly and everyone kept saying ‘why don’t you do something? ”

Finally, she found a 66-year-old man from Chicago who said she had been told “for years” that he looked like a businessman.

In 1999, Jackson released his controversial Mental Images - Royal Family series.  She is pictured in front of one of her collections in 2009

In 1999, Jackson released his controversial Mental Images – Royal Family series. She is pictured in front of one of her collections in 2009

Outrageous footage of Alison includes a Meghan Markle lookalike wrestling a fake Duchess of Cambridge on the ground by her hair.  She is pictured in London, 2018

Outrageous footage of Alison includes a Meghan Markle lookalike wrestling a fake Duchess of Cambridge on the ground by her hair. She is pictured in London, 2018

She also shared that she once had a Prince Harry double arrested after parking a ‘lookalike van’ outside Prince Charles’ house.

“I parked my lookalike van in front of Prince Charles’ house, which wasn’t the best thing [to do].

“When I returned an hour later -om a photoshoot with a fake queen outside Buckingham Palace – I found Prince Harry had got out of the van.

“The police came and tried to handcuff him. I never saw him again!

When asked why she thought the work was so popular, Jackson said people wanted to believe the imagery, saying, “It doesn’t matter if it’s wrong. I almost sort of replace the real.

“We live in this world that you can’t believe anymore. We have to believe. The photograph makes you believe it’s real. ‘

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