Analog ASCII portraits of famous writers

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Álvaro Franca uses manual typewriters to create ASCII portraits of famous literary figures like Jack Kerouac (above), Charles Bukowski (below), and Jose Saramago. Here's a time-lapse video of the process.

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  1. In what sense are these "ASCII" portraits when they were made with a typewriter?

  2. The artist's page calls them "Typewritten Portraits" - the change in titling occurred here at BB.

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