You know how some say writing is an art form, well in this case it literally is. Vietnamese-born photographer and artist Huy Lam used 4 point font to create amazingly detailed portraits of modern and historical icons.

Now based in Toronto, Lam has been fascinated with the concept of perception, and the way we form opinions based on what we believe is real. From first glance, his work resembles charcoal or pencil etchings, but that’s all that meets the eye.

Writing selected words and phrases over and over to create faces, Lam’s portraits and far from obscure. But even magnified it is hard to read what the printed phrases are. There is no question that these portraits took hours of hard work and dedication.


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