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Artistic References

In Life is Strange, Max Caulfield's artistic background and interest in photography means the game is full of references to artists, authors, musicians, photographers and film makers. This artice focuses on artistic references that can be found throughout the in the game.

Max Edit

  • Ray Bradbury - Max has a copy of Battle Royale, and borrows Kate's edition of The October Country.
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson - His book, The Decisive Moment, is in Jefferson's classroom.
  • Annie Leibovitz - Max says she has "mad respect" for her while examining the textbooks in class.
  • W. Eugene Smith - Max says he is amazing.
  • Richard Avedon - She says "it's good to see him among the masters".
  • Salvador Dalí - He is mentioned as Max is looking through the textbooks, and again in her room. She says he "could truly freeze time".
  • Robert Capa - His photograph The Falling Soldier is mentioned when asking Evan about his portfolio.
  • Richard Avedon - If Max comforts Victoria in Episode 1, she will say that Victoria's art style is "Richard Avedon-esque".
  • Edgar Allan Poe - Max speculates on her bed about her vision, "A dream within a dream".
  • Man Ray - He is featured on a poster in Max's room. She wonders if he would call them "selfie portraits".
  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia - Max calls him "my man".
  • Julia Margaret Cameron - Max loves her Victorian vibe.
  • Robert Doisneau - TBA
  • Thomas Wolfe - "You can't go home again". But Max did.
  • Joseph Pulitzer - "Another Pulitzer for the portfolio".
  • H.R Giger - Max mentions that Kate is in her Giger period when looking at her sad drawings in Episode 2.
  • Andy Warhol - Max has his photo in her locker, and calls herself "Max Warhol" while at the Zeitgeist Gallery. There is also a stamp on the 28th page of Max's diary.
  • Hamilton

Jefferson Edit

  • Alfred Hitchcock - He makes reference to Hitchcock's saying about film and photography being "little pieces of time". However, he is mistaken since the saying is usually attributed to James Stewart (even though the two men collaborated on four movies)[1]
  • Allen Ginsberg - He mentions the iconic photo of Jack Kerouac on the balcony.
  • Salvador Dalí - He comments that Dali is a "true renaissance man, like Coctaeu".
  • Jean Coctaeu - TBA
  • Robert Cornelius - The man who created the first American Daguerreotype.
  • John Lennon - "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans".

Victoria Edit

  • Diane Arbus - Her haunting images of sad children and mothers capture the human experience. Jefferson critiques her work, saying that he prefers seeings humanity as innocent rather than as tortured.
  • Robert Frank - Jefferson agrees with Victoria that he prefers Frank's work to that of Arbus.
  • Louis Daguerre - Victoria gives an answer to Jefferson's question about the birth of self-portraits.

Notes Edit

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2004/nov/30/features https://www.neh.gov/about/awards/jefferson-lecture/martin-scorsese-lecture That’s how James Stewart defined movies in a conversation with Peter Bogdanovich. This is foreshadowing the events of the third episode, in which Max can travel in time through a photograph.

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