People as Pixels

C1917 Photo of US Flag using people as picture elements

Toronto. In this age of digital technology most of us know pixel means picture element which in the film era we called grain.

George Dunbar sent me this remarkable link to a c1917 Library of Congress (Washington DC) photograph of an American Flag using naval staff as the flag’s picture elements.

This and similar photos were taken by Arthur Mole with the careful coordination and supervision of the people by his partner John Thomas.

Think of the patience needed to get everyone in the exact place to replicate the flag in a light breeze. Remember, this photograph was taken with the technology current  a century ago. Remarkable!

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