Artistic Endeavors – Humanae Project

Brazilian photographer Angelica Bass’s work in progress aims to “record and catalog all possible human skin tones, highlighting true tones rather than clichéd colors. The 2000 image-strong initiative is a series of portraits, all with the exact Pantone® tone of the subject pronounced in the background; the color extracted from an 11×11 pixel sample of the subject’s face.”

“Humanae began as a final project when Dass was completing her Masters in Art Photography, in April 2012. She started with photographs of family members in Brazil; and within the same year, she made announcements, attracting more participants. Later, the photographer was able to travel, capturing images of women and men in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Winterthur, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris and Chicago.”

Dass explains her project in her TED talk. Further descriptions and explorations of her project are here and here.

What a great way to show there’s just no one “flesh” color.

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9 responses to “Artistic Endeavors – Humanae Project

  1. Outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

  2. It’s really interesting what a narrow range of colors showed up–a lot of variety but not really. This is an inspired project!

  3. I think that is a really great project and I enjoyed listening to the artist speak about it. Thank you for sharing.

  4. What an interesting project. Even when I was a little kid I wondered about “flesh-colored” bandages and how that was supposed to work on black people, and why they didn’t have their own color of bandages. Here is an interesting story about just that: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/06/the-story-of-the-black-band-aid/276542/ While there’ve been a couple of other brands, too, it doesn’t look like Band-Aid brand makes them. ugh…

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