Living Portraits


Marilyn Monroe-2-by-alan-craig

People as Pixels produce Portraits of People

Andy Warhol is associated with the phrase “Living Portraits” (AKA Screen Tests). He knew that people tended to “wear a mask” when confronted with a camera, so he would sit them in front of a Film camera and let it roll. He knew, sooner or later, you would have to relax your mask. Then, and only then, could he capture your true essence. But today’s post is not about Andy, Or Alexa Meade, it is about Craig Alan.

American artist Craig Alan creates portraits of Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley,the Statue of Liberty and even Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Paris Hilton, like you’ve never seen them before. That’s because he uses people as pixels.


Paris Hilton and JFK-craig-alan

“I was at my mother’s apartment in Alabama watching people on the beach from the sixth story balcony. I started photographing them and then I noticed a pattern through the camera. In one shot, the group of people appeared to have formed an eye on the screen – this started my creative wheels turning. Portraits always came easily to me, so it was only natural that the two should be combined. It’s rewarding for me as an artist to watch people’s reaction to my work and to see them get such enjoyment out of it.” – Craig Alan

Craig recreates famous iconic photographs with unique giant portraits using aerial photography. Similar to pixels, gatherings of people create these intricately composed portraits. Most of the people used to create this project are outfitted in dark clothing to contrast easily with the stark white ground used as the back drop. Select areas use color to create a differentiation where the lips are. This massive project changes portrait art on a grand scale.


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