Esquire‘s Portrait of the 21st Century is one element of the magazine’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Esquire‘s anniversary issue, to be published in September, will examine the century that is just beginning, in part by profiling the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. Esquire and Hearst commissioned the sculptor and new-media artist Lincoln Schatz to create a work that would unite many of these people in a single dynamic portrait.

From May through September, Schatz will create dozens of individual portraits in his Cube, a ten-foot-by-ten-foot translucent box fitted with 24 cameras that stream digital video to 24 computers. During each one-hour sitting, Cube subjects are encouraged to represent their personalities, interests, and values in whatever ways they choose. Then, using thousands of these video files, Schatz creates a portrait made up of a randomized, perpetually evolving progression of overlapping images. Moored in the moment but never quite the same thing twice, Schatz’s “generative” portraits have an infinite ability to reconfigure perception and reorder time.

As Schatz finishes each individual sitting, the installation will grow and change to accommodate the new arrivals. Esquire‘s Portrait of the 21st Century, a collective work combining all the individual portraits, will be completed just as the anniversary issue reaches newsstands.

– David Granger, Editor-in-Chief, Esquire

Anthony Atala Cube Portrait

Anthony Atala

Jeff Bezos Cube Portrait

Jeff Bezos

Santiago Calatrava Cube Portrait

Santiago Calatrava

David Chang Cube Portrait

David Chang

George Clooney Cube Portrait

George Clooney

Danger Mouse Cube Portrait

Danger Mouse

Noah Feldman Cube Portrait

Noah Feldman


Ken Griffin

Marc Jacobs Cube Portrait

Marc Jacobs

Jay Keasling Cube Portrait

Jay Keasling

Parag Khanna Cube Portrait

Parag Khanna

LeBron James Cube Portrait

LeBron James

John Maeda Cube Portrait

John Maeda

MIA Cube Portrait


Elon Musk Cube Portrait

Elon Musk

Meghan O'Sullivan Cube Portrait

Meghan O’Sullivan

Mehmet Oz Cube Portrait

Mehmet Oz

Power Prendergast Cube Portrait

Samantha Power

Craig Venter Cube Portrait

Craig Venter