Why PPE Portraits?

Background on the need for connection, especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Case Studies

Check out these institutions that have implemented PPE Portraits.

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Your one-stop source for all the files and guides you may need to create your own PPE Portraits!

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What’s a PPE Portrait?

Jennifer Reidy wearing a PPE Mask and PPE PortraitThe PPE Portrait project started during the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

PPE Portraits are postcard-sized portrait pictures worn on the body. They are most commonly disposable one-time-use stickers, but can also be laminated and reusable.

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Our Mission

We are a group of researchers and artists committed to creating and maintaining human connection despite the difficulties of wearing masks and PPE.

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Use a long lens/zoom lens A zoom lens (long lens) will allow you to put a lot of distance between you and your subject. The safety of the photographer and the subject are of paramount importance. The more you can distance, the better. Try for a 200mm lens, or at a minimum 120mm. Look for soft outdoor lighting Find a location outside that is in the shade or shoot on a cloudy day.  Find a plain background You don’t want read more

We’ve been hard at work these past few months designing a reusable version of PPE Portraits. Our goals were: stands up to frequent decontamination with “black top” or other hospital-grade disinfection wipes securely affixed at top and bottom to prevent cross-contamination puncture-free attachment low gloss for easy patient visibility high photo quality off the shelf components low cost We have settled on a matte lamination design. This design affixes with off-the-shelf embedded steel plate that attache to neodymium magnets. A read more

This document is also available as a PDF: Creating PPE Portrait Stickers