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Everybody – Portraits of every human on Earth

Everybody is an impossible* attempt to do a portrait of every living human on Earth, and thereby a collective portrait of “everybody”, the human species as it looks early in the 21st century.

All portraits have the same format: A medium close up showing head and shoulders, with a narrow depth of field (shot at f/2.8). All are captioned with the year, city and country of the portrait, but no other information.

If the portraits are truly successful, they might help “explain man to man” (as the photographer Edward Steichen said) – show that we are all fundamentally alike, or at least recognisable to each other. But whatever they communicate, they do offer a glimpse of another human being somewhere on earth.

Yes, your portrait, too! You will get the picture to use in any way you see fit, and everybody who volunteers to be part of the project will be included, no exceptions. Please see for specifics and a contact form. See Everybody’s Facebook page for irregular updates. Like the page to get portraits in your stream.

*) Impossible, not just because the current global population numbers approximately 7,3 billion, but because it grows by about 220.000 persons daily. Even a lifetime of dedicated work wouldn’t amount to much more than a single day’s increase in population. Check the current world population at United States Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock.


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