TERRIFYING FACES

Capturing pure evil with Hans Weishäupl

Graphic designer Hans Weishäupl has carefully reconstructed portraits of 13 dictators over the past 100 years, with the help of digital technology .

Cleverly, these photo montages, which measure 1.8 m x 2.3 m do not contain a single piece of original picture material, but are made of countless tiny, specially shot portraits of the citizens of the country the dictator ruled over. Christian Lechelt and Hans Weishäupl photographed over 350 people between November 2007 and March 2008, in Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Frankfurt, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, Belgrade, London, Barcelona, Paris and Milan.

The portrait of Hitler is made up of 37 people. His nose belongs to an estate agent from Berlin, his upper lip is from a locksmiths in Dresden, and so on. Each wrinkle, each mole, each eyebrow was reconstructed to resemble the original.

Hans Weishäupl is the CEO of the “das comitee“ advertising agency and a member of the Art Directors Club. The graduate graphic designer started his career in 1998 as a junior art director at Grabarz & Partner, a year later, he switched to Jung von Matt in Hamburg, where he worked as an art director, followed by creative director from 1999 until 2007.  The book is also available so keep an eye out!

 

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