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Brazilian Photographer Attempts To Catalog All Possible Human Skin Tones

The gradient of human skin tone connects us all rather than divides.

Angélica Dass is attempting to capture the full spectrum of human skin tone. Her ambitious photography project, “Humanæ,” features photographs shot in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Winterthur, Bergen, Daegu, Addis Ababa, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris, and Chicago and is displayed around the world.

Image via Humanæ/Tumblr.


“The ultimate goal is to provoke and bring currently using internet as a discussion platform on ethnic identity,” she writes, “… creating images that lead us to match us independent from factors such as nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards.”

The artist periodically puts out calls for interested subjects and is always willing to photograph volunteers who reach out to her via the internet.

Using an 11x11 pixel sample from the subject’s portrait, Dass then references the Pantone guide for the corresponding color swatch and background color. The Rio-de-Janeiro-born photographer hopes that the project shows how the gradient of human skin tone connects us all rather than divides.

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