Human Colors Beyond the Codes

We come in all colors, but until now nobody thought to document them all in portraits. That’s the mammoth task that Brazilian artist and photographer Angelica Dass has taken upon herself with her portrait project Humanae.

Her Humanae project consists of a series of portraits which are taken, analyzed, and arranged using the PANTONE color guide. By analyzing 11×11 pixel pieces of her subjects’ faces, she is able to find their exact alphanumeric Pantone color, which she uses to label the photo, and then fills in the background with that same color.

What results is a fascinating chromatic inventory of every skin tone in existence — a scientific way to look at and document “colors beyond our codes.”

To find out more about the project check out the Humanae webpage.