In November 1993 – as the nation was justabout to learn about a new thing called the World Wide Web – Time magazine did a head-shot cover honoring a rather unusual subject. The cover story, “The New Face of America,”examined the huge demographic shifts that social scientists were predicting for the U.S.
The future was one that belonged to women, people of color and other groups – from foreign places – not previously featured in the story of the American dream. But how do you give life to the heroine of this story? If you areTime, you put her on the cover. But as the special issue illustrated, the new face of America was largely a composite view, so the face on the cover had to be a composite, too. It was Time’s first cover to use a computer-generated image of a human being.
Via Denis Pennel