After completing the 2001 New York Times drawings I kept watch on the sociology of the front page and began to see a change in those featured "above the fold." By 2008, there was a shift away from the rich and powerful toward ordinary people doing ordinary things. I thought of the Egyptian Fayum commemorative portraits and Persian miniatures and again began to collect the front pages of the Times for a series of gouache drawings. Each isolates only the "unfamous," brought together by the somewhat arbitrary nature of what is considered newsworthy on a given day. The titles of the drawings come from the day's major headline.
Photo credit: Bill Bachhuber