Throughout the 20th and into the 21st centuries, media and technology have advanced at an alarming rate. Before Twitter and email people actually wrote letters. In a time without Jay Z, people listened to Afrika Bambaataa. Democracy wasn’t the dominating form of government. People listened to the radio for entertainment. Sounds like a time far removed from today, right?

Without the innovative thoughts and vivid imaginations of a select few, we would still be watching black and white television or tugging at uncomfortable corsets. To pay homage to the ones responsible for the changes in technology, government and media, Australian artist Works By Knight developed his “Analogue to Digital” series. The portraits that make up the series aren’t composed of paint strokes. He took apart the keyboards of antique devices that actually had buttons to recreate some of the most recognizable faces of the past two centuries.

The likenesses of Neil Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, Bono, Hattie McDaniel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Barry Weiss, Jay Z, Usain Bolt, Ryan Gosling, Tupac, Hugh Laurie and Dr. Dre are easily identifiable. These people each changed the way we see the world. Much respect!