Barack Obama x David Letterman

September 22, 2009


What do Kate Moss, Barack Obama, Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Beckham and Audrey Hepburn, amongst other famous people, share in common? They have all been text-portrayed by Ralph Ueltzhoeffer.text-portraits_by_Ralph_Ueltzhoeffer_yatzer_4

Ralph Ueltzhoeffer was born in 1966 in Mannheim, Germany and since 1984 he has been working as a photographer. His works range from installations, such as the web-art-project “Textportrait”, to other medias like photography and personal computers. Concentrating on human aspects, either through black and white or colour photography, the work of Ueltzhoeffer gives a different dimension and value to information and biographies. However, one might wonder what a text portrait is.

Text portrait   |tekstˈpôrtrət; -,trāt|

1.    A symbiosis out of text and photo, biography and portrait. A text portrait is a version of lettering and photo of a usual portrait, with the difference, that the text (e.g. biography) and the photo (e.g. passport picture) create an inseparable symbiosis. The fusion of two visually different components to a readable portrait – the text portrait.

In 2002, Ralph Ueltzhoeffer created one of the first text portraits out of the text: Wikipedia “David Beckham” with a typeface of white on black relating the result visually to the DOS input mode.


01 DJ Premier & Biggest G – Time 4 Change
02 Nygz – Policy
03 Big Shug – When I Strike
04 House Of Reps – U Gotta Love Us
05 Termanology – Hold That
06 Blaq Poet – Ain’t Nuttin Changed
07 Prodigy – Veterans Memorial Pt. 2
08 Statik Selektah Ft. MOP, Jadakiss – For The City
09 Young Maylay – I Showed You
10 D-Flow (DITC) – Like Dat
11 Scarface – Emeritus
12 Jake One Ft. Little Brother – Bless The Child
13 Ludacris Ft. Floyd Mayweather – Undisputed
14 LL Cool J – Dear Hip Hop
15 DJ Revolution Ft. Planet Asia – School
16 Bumpy Knuckles – The OG Pt. 3
17 Royce Tha 5′9″ – I Gotta Shake This
18 DJ Revolution Ft. KRS-One, DJ Premier – The DJ
19 Black Milk Ft. Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, SeanPrice – The Matrix

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September 5, 2008

Over the past week was the Manifest Hope art show dedicated to your boy Obama. It took place in London with over 100 artist where there to showcase there Obama artwork. One of those artists was my artistic idol Shepard Fairey. While he was town he decided to bless Denver with some Obey propaganda. Denver police department didn’t appreciate his poster snipings and he got arrested. A little fine i guess, but good publicity. lol