Faces contains a collection of portraits and self-portraits selected from the work of thousands of people who filled the pages of their Notebook with their ideas and feelings about “faces”. Then, from the four corners of the earth, they sent their Notebook back to Colors. The sentiments expressed in some are highly personal; in others, savagely political.

© Sfaustina
Art director, USA
I wanted to be part of a project which reaches out to people’s perception and is a documentation of living life. I wanted to share my life at the particular time the Notebook was with me. I documented tidbits of time in the Notebook while working on a photo shoot in Belize and Guatemala. It went everywhere with me until I had to slip it into the white envelope.

© Cesare Bignotti (alias Useless Idea), 1981
Student, Italy
I would communicate what I think without filters or fears. My messages are in my work but they aren’t obvious. I perceive them as codes, symbols that must be encrypted. What I do is born from a passion and not from a fashion. If I change my attitude, my way of creating, of communicating, it would be like giving up.

© Diego Beyró, 1984
Artist, Argentina
We’re living in a society where it is hard to express yourself in a sincere manner. Human expressions are fantastic and, obviously, expressive. The working of all the facial muscles together allows for thousands of combinations that say different things. I’m intrigued by facial expressions and seeing how facial muscles synchronize to produce different meanings. I don’t know if it’s important to show a face, but it’s certainly the most honest thing you can do. It’s hard to find lies in a face.

© Juliana Stein, 1970
Photographer, Brazil
For me, “He, She, It” [the title given to her Notebook] represents the ambiguity presented in life itself – things are hidden and visible at the same time. Where we expect one thing, we get something else.

© Jacob Schere, 1971
Artist and photographer, Japan
The idea of creating a magazine from scratch intrigued me. The fact of deciding everything myself without having to bow to the whims of a managing editor. I gathered an ensemble of words and pictures to create a work of realism, Expressionista. If all those who open my Notebook see and feel what I see and feel, it means my work as an Expressionista was done well.

© Monika Aichele, 1971
Illustrator, Germany
My portraits are not really portraits. They are more a prototype of my imagination of a character I have experienced. “Mind portraits” – they are an entire story. Usually the main expression is the face, underlining the body language. But playing with the contrary of the body language and the facial expression can be expressive, too. Neglecting the face or not showing it carries another message. An image without a face can reflect the expression of the viewer, and his facial expression will be the centre of the image.