Stanley Chow and the Faces of our Future
Stanley Chow is a busy guy, so he can’t take every project that’s offered to him. In fact, initially he had to turn this one down just because he didn’t have the time to do that much work. But then he realized what it was. “I’m very pleased to be in that issue considering I’m not in that many issues of Wired,” Stan says. “When they called I said, ‘Nah, I haven’t got the time’ but then when they told me it was the Obama issue I said ‘Yeah, I’m in.’” That’s right, this was for the issue of Wired that Obama helped guest edit, just in time to help him round out the legacy of his presidency. That was an opportunity that Stan couldn’t turn down; so he didn’t.
Throughout the entire project, that included work both in the magazine and online, Stan ended up creating more than a dozen different portraits of all sorts of different people. From contributors to subjects, Stan did them all. Some you’ll recognize, some you won’t, but out of all of them the most challenging was clear: Mark Zuckerberg. Stan explains: “He’s got such a unique face, and it’s a specifically weird face because you have to be very precise with him because he’s easy to get wrong very easily,” says Stan. “Most people faces they allow you to be slightly off but still look like the person. But Zuckerberg, I felt like I had a tricky time getting him.” Not only is Zuckerberg’s face unique, it changes drastically from neutral to smiling, so achieving the smile Wired needed was an added challenge. Stan still isn’t convinced he got Zuckerberg 100%, but that’s an artist critiquing his own work. We think he got it spot on.