Session:Portraits of Hackers - 2019

Description Come and have your own Portrait taken!
Type Meeting
Kids session No
Keyword(s) art
Tags photography
Processing village Village:Italian Hackers' Embassy
Person organizing User:Lastknight
Language en - English
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Subtitle Portraits of Hackers - 2019 Edition
Starts at 2019/08/22 23:30
Ends at 2019/08/23 00:30
Duration 60 minutes
Location Village:Italian Hackers' Embassy

Subtitle Portraits of Hackers - 2019 Edition
Starts at 2019/08/24 23:30
Ends at 2019/08/25 00:30
Duration 60 minutes
Location Village:Italian Hackers' Embassy


Come and have your Portrait taken. There will be Italians, Grappa, and CC-A-NC-SA 4.0 picture in HiRes ;) Just ask for Matteo or LK and you'll be ready in 3 minutes :)

A little bit of pictures: Instagram feed of some Pictures Presentation of the Project: YouTube Presentation of the Project at CCC2015


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 15 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 international 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 and you have got a piece of paper with a number on it :)

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.

Project has long been codenamed “LOMBROSITY: Faces of Hackers”.

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 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.

Come and have your portrait taken!