PHOTOS: Photographer Attempts To Capture Every Shade Of Human Skin In The World To Prove We Are Not Just Black And White

Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass has taken portraits of more than 2,500 people from across the world to document as many skin colors as possible
Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass has taken portraits of more than 2,500 people from across the world to document as many skin colors as possible
A Brazilian artist is using photography to show that humanity is far more diverse than just black and white. Photographer Angelica Dass's ongoing project Humanae works to record and catalog as many skin tones as possible. In the photos she posts on her website, there's a spectrum of colors that spans far wider than one might expect, but the continuity of the tones shows 'more equality than difference', Dass claims.

Her portraits have no race, gender, age, race, social class or religion classifications - she simply shows the wide range of different human skin colors
With each photo, Dass extracts an 11-by-11 pixel from the volunteer's face, matches it with a corresponding Pantone color and uses it as the background of the photo. The photos are then given an alphanumeric code through the Pantone guidelines, which creates a horizontal range in color.

She's collected portraits of people from around the world, including Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Chicago. Volunteer subjects contact Dass on Facebook, Tumblr and in galleries in which her art is displayed. Dass said that the goal of the project is to spark discussion on ethnic identity - without regard to factors like 'nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards'. Humanae started as Dass's submission for her master's degree in photography, according to CNN. Her first subjects were members of her Brazilian family, who have a variety of backgrounds. 

Dass's project is currently on display at the Gund Gallery in Gambier, Ohio. She has displayed her work in galleries around the world, including Spain and Nigeria
Though the project, Humanae, shows how vast the variety in skin tones is, it also shows the continuous spectrum that goes through the colors 
Though the project, Humanae, shows how vast the variety in skin tones is, it also shows the continuous spectrum that goes through the colors 
She then matches it with a corresponding Pantone color and uses it as the background of the photoWith each photo, Dass extracts an 11-by-11 pixel from the volunteer's face
The people in the pictures are volunteers who contact Dass on Facebook, Tumblr and in galleries in which her art is displayedShe's collected portraits of people from around the world, including Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Chicago
She added that she wants to create 'images that lead us to match us independent from factors such as nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards'Dass said that the goal of the project is to 'provoke and bring currently using internet as a discussion platform on ethnic identity'
'The only limit would be reached by completing all of the world's population,' she claimsShe has shot more than 2,500 portraits for Humanae, which she calls a 'work in progress'
Her portraits have no race, gender, age, race, social class or religion classifications - she simply shows the wide range of different human skin colors

Each photo is given an alphanumeric code through the Pantone guidelines, which creates a horizontal range in color

But Dass does not display any information other than the skin tone on each photographThe people in the photos range in age, nationality and other identifying factors
She has displayed her work in galleries around the world, including Spain and Nigeria
Dass's project is currently on display at the Gund Gallery in Gambier, Ohio
Her first subjects were Brazilians with a variety of backgrounds.Humanae started as Dass's submission for her Master's degree in photography, according to CNN
Her work has been cited in educational text booksDass said that her project has been used by scientists to explain how humans sight works
Dass's subjects not only range in skin tone, but they also range in age, gender, economic and socioeconomic backgrounds
...but she's collecting stories from across the world, which see sees as just as importantDass said that not only is she collecting images...
Dass's photographs show the wide range of diversity across the world, but they also show the horizontal continuum that these skin tones create

She hopes to on day have photography sessions on every continent, broadening the representation in her subjects

She said the only way to have every skin tone would be to take photos of all of mankindThe range of colors in Dass's project has gotten broader as she's taken more pictures
Critics said that Humanae lacked ethnic diversity when it first originated
Dass wants viewers to see themselves within the photographs
She said she hopes the project brings people together
Dass has photographed more than 2,000 people from across the globe, including Chicago, Sao Paulo and Paris
Dass has photographed more than 2,000 people from across the globe, including Chicago, Sao Paulo and Paris




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