Cesare Lombroso was an Italian criminologist, physician, that using concepts drawn from physiognomy, early eugenics, psychiatry and Social Darwinism, coincived a theory that essentially stated that criminality was inherited, and that someone "born criminal" could be identified by physical defects.
Lombroso published The Man of Genius in 1889, a book which argued that artistic genius was a form of hereditary insanity. In order to support this assertion, he began assembling a large collection of "psychiatric art". He published an article on the subject in 1880 in which he isolated thirteen typical features of the "art of the insane". Although his criteria are generally regarded as outdated today, his work inspired later writers on the subject.
Lombrosity is the end of a 7 years photography project aimed to composing the largest collection of Hackers Portraits from around the globe to prove that (aside from humanity and generally being AWESOME) there is no link or pattern which denotes "the hacker" phisionomy and/or character.
There are more than 500 portraits in 14 major events in this collection. Browse them and find yourself!
If you sign the Model Release Form you will be mailed a full resolution (2600x2600) copy of the picture.
Please, let me use your picture and be part of the Exposition! Insert your mail and sign MR! You can remove it, too :(
Pictures Shots of Awesome People
Worldwide Hacking Events Attained
KM Travelled Vith Camera
Awesome Faces, Each a Story
Find your image and click on it! A modal window will open and will ask you an e-mail address to send you the "permission letter" with a clickable confirmation! An e-mail will be sent to you with a link to the Full Resolution image (2600x2600) and a clickable link to approve the publication. Thank you, fellow Hackers!
Hi, my name is Matteo, I'm (proudly) Italian and I'm part of that astounding, incredible, magic, super-awesone international movement of artists, visionairs, developers, infosec guys and nerds known as "Hackers". I've been dabbling international conferences for over 10 years and I've been portraying members of this astounding community in many huge international events such as the CCC Congress, the CCC Camp, OHM, PH Neutral and various italian conventions. I created my own gear (the "star in the eyes thing") and many of my portraits are today used by my subjects as "profile" photos: IMVHO the highest form of flattery I can ask. If you’re reading this it is more than possible that I made a portrait of you :)
I want to make with a selection of all those portraits an exibition and a book, showing the world the faces that led to the Internet Revolution, the various humanity that composes the Hacking ecosystem: it doesn’t need to be a complete portrait of the “bigger names”, but an assorted collection of day-by-day hackers, telling people we’re not a bunch of nerds, but a live core of living and enthusiastic people with only a dream: an Open World.
The name of the exhibition (and book) will be: “LOMBROSITY: Faces of Hackers (damn kids, they’re all alike)”.
It is a strong connection title between the Hacker’s Manifesto by TheMentor and the theories of Lombroso: Lombroso popularized the notion of a "born criminal" through biological determinism. in his work he theorized that Criminals have particular physiognomic attributes or deformities. If criminality was inherited, then the born criminal could be distinguised by physical atavistic stigmata, such as large jaws, high cheek bones, handle-shaped ears, hawk-like noses, or fleshy lips.
To disprove Lombroso’s theory I’m going to expose 20+ portraits side to side to demonstrate that, apart from being generally awesome, we’re of the same kind - human - but nothing more. It’s what we do, how we think and how we act that define us as Hackers, not how we appear and present ourselves.
But I need you, fellow Hacker of whom I’ve taken a portrait!
Yes, I need you! I’ve collected more than 400 portraits and have to select selected a hundred circa. I need you, if you’re portrayed in one of my shots, to sign the “model release” to be featured in the exposition (hopefully 08/2015 at CCC and late 2015 in Milan) and in the book, that will be published with all provents to be assigned to the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Rights (makers of Tor2Web and Globaleaks!) and freely available for download online in a CC-A-NC-SA 4.0 license, free for all to download and disseminate.
What I need is that you go to the pictures, find yourself in one of them and if clicking on it: you’ll be presented a page with the photo itself, a unique code and a very short form for “Authorise Use” you must fill in with details about you and (if you wish) details you want to be presented alongside with your picture in the book: these can be your name (or not), your nickname (or not) and your twitter handle / site / email. The last part is to ckick the confirmation link on the e-mail you'll be receiving (and that will contain a 2600x2600 version of the picture for your use).
That's this easy and you’ll help me hugely on this task!
Please help me complete this task by the end of July and, if you happen to recognise someone, please refer them to the page!
Thanx heartly for your help and see you at Chaos Communication Camp 2015!. I’ll be at the Italian Embassy taking more portraits and shouting “Italian Grappa!!!” with you! M.
If you have more questions, if you want to host an exposition, if you are media and want to use the image or getting detailed info, please use the contacts below!.
If you have more questions, if you want to host an exposition, if you are media and want to use the image or getting detailed info, please use the contacts below!.Matteo G.P. Flora c/o The Fool srl.