Of related interest, Robert Silver has made a small industry of his photo-mosaics, which are images composed of thousands of tiny photographs. Each collage is assembled by first scanning an original image and dividing it into a grid of “tiles” which are then compared and matched to a database of photographs. The photographs are arranged based on qualities like color, luminance, and texture, but the database sample is typically organized by subject. Examples include:
- George Washington made from the faces of world currency.
- Babe Ruth comprised of 1,392 New York Yankee baseball cards.
- Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother assembled from selected Farm Security Administration photographs.
- Marilyn Monroe in her own image.
and of course,
- Mona Lisa hidden amid art history’s masterpieces.