Accidental Renaissance

Renaissance art in Photojournalism

Apparently started by Guardian journalist Ben Beaumont-Thomas, when he simply pointed out how some of the best photos around resembled classic Italian paintings, the Accidental Renessaince seems to have become a real category and art archive.

Something definitely more complicated than applying an Instagram filter. It takes good lighting, a hint of Golden Ratio, a taste of Fibonacci’s spiral, and often also a good amount of luck.

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a shot against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary – Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters

A horse rears up in the crowd during the horse parade of the traditional San Juan (Saint John) festival in Ciutadella, on the Balearic Island of Menorca – Photo: Jaime Reina

Family and neighbors mourn the death of Nasimi Elshani, who was killed during a protest against the Yugoslavian government’s decision to abolish the autonomy of Kosovo. Jan. 28, 1990 – Photo: Georges Mérillon

Oct. 11, 2015 – Lesbos Island, Greece – Refugees and Migrants aboard fishing boat driven by smugglers reach the coast of the Greek Island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey – Photo: Antonio Masiello

A brawl broke out during a meeting of parliament in Kiev, Ukraine – Photo: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Silvio Berlusconi in the Italian parliament for the voting on austerity measures in 2011. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/Demotix/Corbis

A scuffle broke out in Japan’s Parliament over a plan to loosen limits on the military – Photo: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Baseball Bat – Photo: Ron Jenkins

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard is congratulated by Didier Drogba and Ricardo Carvalho after scoring against Liverpool during their Champions League second leg semi-final match at Stamford Bridge in 2008 – Photo: Matt Dunham/AP

Utah Jazz – Washington Wizards match – Photo: Chris Nicoll/Reuters

Mame Biram Diouf celebrates after scoring the third goal for Stoke in Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium, 9 May 2015 – Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Police detain a man while another lies collapsed in the road in Manchester, 1 January 2016 – Photo: Joel Goodman

Police struggling to restrain Beatles fans outside Buckingham Palace (London, UK) – October, 1965

Palestinian protesters scuffle with Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Feb. 6, 2015 – Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images

Traders work on the trading floor of the open outcry pit during the last ever session at the London Metal Exchange, London, 27 January 2016 – Photo: Adam Gray/

Revellers enjoy the opening day of the San Fermin fiesta in Pamplona, Spain – Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

A horse rears as France’s new president Emmanuel Macron parades in a car on the Champs-Élysées after his formal inauguration ceremony in Paris on Sunday – Photo: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images


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