Brazilian photographer Angelica Daas has created the Humanae project, an ongoing chromatic inventory of colors based on different human skin tones and referencing them onto Pantone® color codes. Pantone® Guides are one of the main classification systems of colors, which are represented by an alphanumeric code, allowing to accurately recreate any of them in any media. It is a technical industrial standard often called Real Color.
The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11×11 pixels of the portrayed’s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.
Angelica Dass studied Fashion Design and graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). After working in the fashion industry in Brazil, she moved to Spain where she has mastered in Fashion Journalism at the UNED and Photography Concept and Creation by the renown EFTI Photography School. The aim of her photographic work is to achieve the public’s direct involvement in photography as a whole concept, as a non-passive communication between people. All her projects deepen in an important issue: social, cultural and racial indentity and masks.
Check out this project’s progress on http://humanae.tumblr.com. I think this is super friggin’ amazing! In a why-was-I-not-the-first-to-think-of-this fashion. Ha!