Chickens Dressed Like Napoleon, Einstein and Other Historical Figures

They came, they clucked and they conquered. Get the story behind these absurd portraits and how they came to be

(Timothy Archibald)
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(Timothy Archibald)
This June, Smithsonian magazine’s special food issue features a story about how chickens have become, as writers Jerry Adler and Andrew Lawler put it, “the ubiquitous food of our era.”

If fitting such a wide-ranging topic into one article wasn’t challenging enough, the next hurdle became how to illustrate a story that spans 10,000 years and several continents.

Ultimately, chief photography editor Molly Roberts asked Timothy Archibald, a San Francisco-based editorial and commercial photographer, to humor her. What if you were to take portraits of raw chickens, she asked, dressed up as some of the most famous leaders in history?

The nine photographs, shown here, are the astounding results of the experiment.

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