326 Megapixel photo mosaic from 893 Esquire magazine covers from 1933-2008

Esquire magazine recently posted all their covers from their first issue in October 1933 through March of 2008. For the first few decades, they mostly used illustrations for their covers and didn’t use a photo until the April 1952 issue.

For the May 2008 cover, Esquire did a remake of the March 1965 cover using Jessica Simpson in the role of Virna Lisi.

I thought it would be interesting to create a photo mosaic with the 893 cover images. This was also an opportunity to try out a new tool from Zoomify which is well suited for this type of image. Zoomify works by chopping up a large image into small pieces. As the viewer zooms in, these pieces of images are served making it a very fast navigable interface. The instructions for Zoomify could be a bit more extensive. I had some trouble implementing it initially be got through it. I also had a problem with Firefox not showing the swf file. It would just show a blank box where the image should be. I had to remove a RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} from the htaccess file that was used to prevent hot linking. Click on the image to see the Zoomified version.

Photo mosaic created with a selection of 893 cover images from Esquire magazine from October 1933 to March 2008. 199 horizontal images by 259 vertical images for a total of 51,541 images. Dimensions: 15,840 pixels by 20,560 for a total of 326 megapixels.Uncompressed image file size: 932 megabytes. Print size if printed at 300 dpi: 4.4 ft by 5.7 ft.

  • GG Deluxe

    Awesome work Pat.

  • GG Deluxe

    Awesome work Pat.