Fearless Portraits

Fearless Portraits

This is the Fearless Portraits Podcast, a collection of women who are leaders, innovators, and trailblazers. Some of them are well-known, some of them are obscure. All of them worked to make a difference in the world. In each episode, we’ll learn the stories of amazing changemakers in the time it takes to drink your morning coffee. The Fearless Portraits Podcast is hosted by Dan Landau, a New Jersey-based visual artist who repurposes maps and other items with ink drawings and intricate papercutting to create portraits of people and things.

Episodes

May 17, 2022 6 min
“Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.”

Maggie Kuhn

Elder rights activist & founder of the Gray Panthers

 

The Artwork:

Maggie Kuhn’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her Ink drawing on a map of Philadelphia, PA, where she lived and worked.

 

The Story:

In 1970, Maggie Kuhn was working a job she loved at the Presbyterian Church when she was forced to retire due to the mandatory reti...

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“I classify my research as where equity meets science. The people who are really going to need [smart sutures] will not be able to afford them. So, I decided to make something cost-effective.”

Dasia Taylor

Inventor

 

The artwork

Dasia Taylor’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait Project consists of an ink drawing on a map of Iowa. Her hometown of Iowa City is located on the right side, where her neck meets her shoulder.

 

The story:...

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“My office hours are any and all hours of the day and night.”

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

First Native American to earn a medical degree

 

The Artwork:

Picotte’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an Ink drawing of her n an 1886 map of Nebraska; the Omaha Reservation is marked on top right side of her head. The portrait is based on one of the few photographs that exist of Picotte. 

 

The Story:

The winter of...

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“When you have a diverse team, you get different perspectives that help you succeed. It’s about having a team that has lots of ideas and grabbing the best one—that’s what diversity brings you.”

Admiral Michelle Howard

Highest ranking female officer in US Navy history

 

The artwork:

Howard’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an Ink  drawing on a map of Washington, D.C. The Pentagon, where she served for part of ...

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“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom

Member of the Dutch resistance, evangelist, and author

 

Artwork:

Ten Boom’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her on a map of the Dutch city of Haarlem. There is a red dot near her nose to mark the location of The Hiding Place, that is the home where she a...

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“If you’re so proud of America’s history, look at the downsides too. Own it just like you own how we won the Revolutionary War.”

 

Iris Haq-Lukolyo

Fifth grade student

 

The artwork:

Iris Haq-Lukolyo’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her holding a copy of the magazine with her article in it, while wearing a T-shirt that with Kamala Harris’ “I’m Speaking” quote on it. I’ve drawn her on ...

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“I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me.” 

Julia Margaret Cameron

Photographer

 

The artwork:

Ink  drawing on a map of the Island of Wight, UK, based on a self portrait by Julia Cameron. Her home in Freshwater is located on the left side, above her head.

 

The story:

Julia Cameron began career as a photographer relatively late at the age of 48, when she was given her first camera. A present from her daughter, th...

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March 15, 2022 5 min
“If I perish, I perish.”

Queen Esther

Biblical queen of Persia

 

The Artwork:

Esther’s portrait  in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an Ink drawing of her on an 1843 map of Persia and surrounding region. The portrait is based on 19th and early 20th century painter Kate Gardiner Hastings’ painting called “Esther.” 

The Story:

Haman, the highest ranking official in the Persian court of King Xerxes, nursed a grudge ag...

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“People said I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly. So, I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies.”

Melissa Blake

Writer and disabilities activist 

The Artwork:

Blake’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her, based on one of the selfies she defiantly posted, “to commemorate the occasion.” I’ve drawn her on a map of her hometown, DeKalb, I...

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“You can be whatever you set your heart and head to be, and don’t let anybody tell you can’t be, because 1,078 women pilots did it in WWII.”

 

Annelle Henderson Bulechek

Aviator, WASP

 

 

Artwork:

To represent the WASPs in in the Fearless Portrait project, I’ve drawn WASP squadron leader, Betty Gillies, in white ink, on a blueprint of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane. The first pilot to fly for the WASP, she was also the fi...

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“There was no choice but to be a pioneer.”

Margaret Hamilton

Mother of software engineering

 

Artwork:

Hamilton’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project is based on an iconic photograph of her standing next to a stack of binders about as tall as she is. These binders contained the computer code she and her team wrote for the Apollo Mission. I’ve drawn her with black ink on a 1966 US Air Force map of the moon.

 

The Story...

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“Lozen is as my right hand, strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people.” 

 

Victorio, Apache chief and brother of Lozen, warrior and medicine woman

 

The Artwork:

Lozen’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her based on one of the rare existing photographs of her. I’ve drawn her on an 1887 map of Arizona. The San Carlos reservation appears on...

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“In this day and age, I’m shocked that someone still doesn’t know the difference between ‘you’re’ and ‘your.’”

 

Kate McCue

Cruise ship captain

 

Artwork:

Ink drawing on a NOAA nautical chart of the waters around the eastern tip of Puerto Rico, an area that cruise ships often travel around.

 

The story:

For Kate McCue, captain of Celebrity Edge, a 1,004-foot-long mega cruise ship that can accommodate nearly 3,000 passenge...

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“You are not lesser just because you're a girl.”

 

Megan Rapinoe

American professional soccer player

Olympic gold medalist (2012)

Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner (2015, 2019)

 

Artwork:

Ink and colored pencil drawing on a map of Paris, France, where she won her second FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019. 

 

The Story: 

Gender-based pay inequality is a chronic issue across the world and is especially present in spo...

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“I may be the first woman in this office. But I won’t be the last.”

Kamala Harris

First female vice president of the US

 

Artwork:

Harris’ portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her giving her victory speech, on a map of the United States. 

 

The story:

Following days of election drama, on Saturday, November 7, all the major news outlets called the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. ...

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“People say, ‘Why doesn’t someone do something about that?’ And then they realize they are someone.”

Pat “Action Nan” Smith 

Grandmother who cleaned beaches every week for one year

The artwork:

Ink drawing of Pat Smith picking up trash, drawn on a map of Cornwall, UK.

 

The story: 

Pat Smith was living an ordinary life in 2017 as a business owner and grandmother in the UK’s oceanfront peninsula region of Cornwall, when she...

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“I’m someone’s daughter too.”

Alexandria “AOC” Ocasio-Cortez

US Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district

 

Artwork:

AOC’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her giving her floor speech calling out the misogyny in Congress. She’s wearing a bright red blazer with matching red lipstick— something she describes as her “war paint.” I’ve drawn her over a map of New York City’s B...

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“That's the history of the world. His story is told. Hers isn't.” 

- Dolores Huerta

American labor leader and civil rights activist

 

I want my daughters to pursue lives where anything is possible and they can be whatever they want to be. But if they never see someone like them do it first,  how will they know it’s an option for them?  

After all, if they can see it, they can be it. 

I realized one day that I could onl...

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January 1, 2022 1 min

Coming soon, the Fearless Portrait Podcast, a collection of stories about women who worked to change the world.  

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