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Mark Forgy at home with his collection of Elmyr de Hory forgeries.
Portraits by Cameron Wittig
As far as we can tell, Mark Forgy's 8mm copy of the long-forgotten BBC documentary about de Hory, Elmyr, The True Picture?, is one of the few remaining in existence. Forgy converted his film to DVD and let us borrow a copy to digitize it. Watch de Hory at work and and rest in his home in Ibiza where he demonstrates his forging techniques and discusses the accidental genesis of his potentially-illicit career:




Purportedly inspired by a viewing of Elmyr, The Real Picture? Orson Welles went to Ibiza to film a de Hory "documentary" of his own, which became the pseudo-fantastical F for Fake. Here's the trailer:  



In 2012 Mark Forgy wrote The Forger's Apprentice about his time with Elmyr de Hory then, in the Summer of 2013, he successfully Kickstarted funding for a play based upon it. Below is the entirety of the play's debut at the Minnesota Fringe Festival:



But how good could Elmyr de Hory's works really be? We pitted his pieces against the masters in who's style he was working in Con Game:

 



Still haven't had your fill? 

Here, try Elmyr de Hory's Wikipedia page.

Or maybe Mark Forgy's official Elmyr website

And wash it all down with Eve M. Kahn's "Gleaning the True Identity of an Enigmatic Forger", which was published in The New York Times in 2011.

Want even more? Have at it.

 

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