Intriguing Human Pantone Swatches

Pantone swatches are typically used by designers and photo retouchers, oftentimes to find equal or complementing colors for their subjects. In an ambitious ongoing photo series by Spanish artist Angelica Dass, the photographer seems to be looking for subjects whose skin tone reflects specific Pantone colors. The project, titled Humanae, takes an 11×11 pixel sample from the subject's face and fills the background with that color and accompanies the image with the Pantone alphanumerical code below it, just like a Pantone swatch!

We've certainly come across several Pantone-inspired art works that have exhibited new outlooks on color and design, but this may be one of the most intriguing and perhaps controversial series to date. It really brings to light the color of one's skin and, essentially, classifies people accordingly with a series and letters and numbers. It will be interesting to see the finished product, if it ever comes to full completion.

Angelica Dass website
via [designboom]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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