People as Pixels

February 24, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’ve seen a number of great photographs and artworks using people as the fundamental building blocks for larger images the past few days so I decided to round them up into a single post. Enjoy!

In conjunction with the Korean National Red Cross, nearly 3,000 Baekseok University students gathered at a ski resort in Pyeong Chang, South Korea this week to create an enormous drop of blood celebrating World Blood Donor Day. (via design you trust)

Artist Craig Alan often uses small figures in his paintings to create the portraits of pop-culture icons including this piece featuring Audrey Hepburn. (via art expo)

Although these famous photographs have made the rounds quite a bit, I’ve always wanted to share them here. From 1915-1920 photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas donated their time to the U.S. military to help garner support for World War 1. The portraits are made entirely of soldiers and other military personnel, the Statue of Liberty photograph alone is made of 18,000 men: 12,000 for just the torch though there’s only 17 at the base (the people at the very top are over a half a mile away from the camera). See many more examples at much higher resolution at Carl Hammer Gallery.

An HDR photograph by Alexander Kesselaar of the Melbourne Sound Relief Concert.

Photographer Spencer Tunick had 1,200 volunteers take a buoyant soak in the Dead Sea last September.

And lastly a recent video by Luis Filipe Gaspar of the North Korean Mass Games, an impressive if somewhat chilling spectacle of 100,000 thoroughly choreographed participants who create expansive murals using large flipped boards.

Know of any more great examples of people as pixels? Let me know.



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