Artist Thomas Mailaender’s series “Illustrated People” skillfully combines performance art and photography. In this series, Mailaender applied original negatives from the Archive of Modern Conflict to his subject’s skin while he projected a UV lamp over the negatives. He then photographed the images projected as burns on his subjects, using human skin as photosensitive paper.

Thomas Mailaender is based in Paris and Marseille. In his work, he often appropriates found images. He also collects copious amounts of photographs.

Images from the book “Illustrated People” can be seen here.

Text by Melissa Welikson