If you haven't seen the work of Miguel Angel Sanchez, check it out because it's incredible. He was featured recently in the NYT Lens Blog (worth a daily look) for his portraits of Egyptian protesters. The portraits are carefully designed to evoke the style of Renaissance paintings, and they do. According to the Lens Blog each image takes about a week to produce.
In the words of Sanchez (from Lens):
“Each person is like a poem that has to be synthesized, always searching for the best metaphor that represents what each one of them evokes in me, without losing the connection with the reality that is presented in front of the camera.”
I'd love to learn how he does it. The light that pours in from out of the photographs is fantastic.