About The Project

Computers. The Internet. Smartphones. The Web. Many of the technologies we use each day are powered by software so critical that even minor flaws in its source code could stop the world in its tracks.

Yet much of this software is “open source” — a technology commons that can be freely used and contributed to by anyone, but at the same time, is controlled by no one person or corporation.

Originally pioneered by computer programmers who believe in freely sharing the source code of their software with the world, this radical idea eventually grew into a full blown revolution to “open source” everything from encyclopedic knowledge, to the mapping of the human genome, to heirloom seeds.

And, yet, despite its wide ranging impact, the open source revolution remains all but unknown to most people who now, more than ever before, depend on its survival.

This project is an attempt to change that.

Faces of Open Source is an on-going photographic documentation of the people behind the open source revolution. The project is comprised of portraits of notable and unsung heroes who dedicate themselves to the creation and advancement of our open source technologies.

Portraits of Revolutionaries

Photographer Peter Adams started the Faces of Open Source project in 2014 at his studio in Silicon Valley. Since then, he has photographed dozens of notable and unsung heroes of the open source revolution. The result has been a collection of engaging, yet intimate, black and white portraits that will hopefully move viewers to discover more.

Learn more about Peter Adams

If you like the work and want to see more of it, please consider sponsoring an exhibit.

Behind each portrait is an entire production. Many of the shoots involve renting photo studios and equipment in order to keep the look of the images consistent. Each portrait is carefully processed, edited and test printed as part of the finishing process. Sponsors help offset these costs which add up quickly with over a dozen photo shoots each year. Learn more…

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