Faces of Evil in Photography

Faces of Evil, the book by Hans Weishaeupl, has won a Yellow Pencil for photography at the D&AD Awards presentation in London this last week. The book and exhibition feature the faces of the 13 cruellest and most infamous dictators of our time. Hans Weishäupl took photographs of over 350 people representing the ethnic origins of the dictators and pieced particular parts of them together to create a new and alarmingly lively look for each of them.

Faces of Evil exhibition

Between November, 2007 and March, 2008, the Hamburg Das Comitee team took photographs of over 350 people in Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Frankfurt, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, Belgrade, London, Barcelona, Paris and Milan. Dictators featured are Adolf Hitler (book cover), Josef Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Robert Mugabe, Mao Zedong, Nicolae Ceausescu, Slobodan Milošević, Benito Mussolini, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Kim Il-sung, Augusto Pinochet and Francisco Franco.

Faces of Evil Book with Adolf Hitler on coverPhotographs at the exhibition are 1.80m x 2.30m, high-resolution digital images that expose every tiny detail of their faces, framed in a way that these leaders would never have tolerated themselves – without uniform, without autocratic gestures, without cheering crowds.

The portrait of Hitler consists of 37 people. His nose belongs to an estate agent from Berlin, his upper lip to a locksmith in Dresden. His hair is put together from the hair of an artist in Weiden and a painter in Bamberg. The chin stems from a Hamburg restaurant owner, the eyes are those of a bank advisor in Frankfurt, the lachrymal sacks are from a precision mechanic in Bautzen, the throat is that of a Viennese banker, the beard belongs to a chef from Wuppertal. Every wrinkle, eyebrow and mole has been replicated true to the original so that it is possible to get a direct and close impression of every scar, nose hair, wide pore and other fine details.


The Faces of Evil project was developed at Das Comittee, Hamburg, by creative director/photographer/image manipulator/art director Hans Weishäupl, photographer Janet Riedel, copywriter Dirk Silz, typographer Gunta Lauck, and account handler Helen Zeggai.

See Hans Weishäupl’s earlier work for NOAH, featuring Hitler, Caucescu and Hussein.

Image by Hans Weishäupl above from Spiegel.

The Faces of Evil project also won two awards at the ADC Gipfel der Kreativität 2009.

Faces of Evil at Amazon.de

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  • Very interesting concept.

    –Matt Bamberg, Author, http://www.amazon.com/Quick-Secrets-Create-Winning-Photographs/dp/1598639021

  • Tim

    Would of been good to include all the photos.



    how about throwing every american president up there? who has robert mugabe exetriminated? how about mao zedong? this book is a joke

    • Patrick

      Are you serious? Clearly you’ve been living under a rock since you don’t about Robert Mugabe and Mao’s exterminations!

  • Nikola

    Saying Kim Il Sung was evil is like saying Che Guevara was evil…not at at accurate.
    Not very well researched artwork – This wouldn't get a good grade from my university – unless the portfolio was entitled 'propaganda'.

  • Jkszogj

    I agree completely with Nikola. To call a person evil is the most horrible thing a human can be labeled. Now, some of these people were actually evil, but some, such as Franco, had good intent, and becoming a dictator was the only way to STOP evil. Remember, Dictator does not equate to evil, it’s purely based on their personality and beliefs. This exhibition disgusts me as it degrades some of the worlds greatest leaders

  • Dino Vettri

    Art with no content.

    It is too flat to call someone an evil. The world is full of grade of shades than the blac&white understanding of jewish and christians artists.

    To iconize without put in perspective the problem these men were trying to solve is far too naive. Most of these men have in common that they lost a fight against the current sionist world power, and consequentely they are just a product of the winner’s story telling.

    One needs to investigate in depth and look for evidences, not media propaganda, before trying to make any judgement about these men. I have far more respect for them than any for most of the claimed great western leaders.

    Nice graphic images, but deplorable concept. Waste of time – and paint 😉

  • Thomas

    I think that some of the people in this book were evil and is accurate what is said about them. But others weren’t evil, just bad or not good. and as jkszogj said its mostly based on beliefs. but nice artwork i must say.

  • Fotograf Constanta

    Too bad Vlad Tepes isn`t on those walls. “Dracula” might have been a good one if only the camera existed on that time.