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What We Learned This Week: Can AI-Generated Art Be Copyrighted?

PPD has been covering the biggest thing in art this year--imagery created using artificial intelligence. As we've noted previously, some photography platforms have banned AI art, in a battle of humans vs. machines. But interest in the new technology is also growing. On Tuesday we looked at a dozen AI image generators that have been booming in popularity. And yesterday we noted that New York-based artist and former programmer Kris Kashtanova claims to have received the first known U.S. copyright registration for artworks created by an AI-image generator. The registration applies to a comic book called "Zarya of the Dawn."

State of the Art: A Nightmare Music Video Created by AI, and One Done with Old-Fashioned Animation

"There are so many different ways to use photography, and the barriers to realizing your creativity are possibly lower than ever." So noted DIY Photography, which recently spotlighted two music videos created by very different technologies. One was made by Jason Scott, an internet archivist and filmmaker, employing an artificial intelligence program that turns text in imagery. The result, noted DIYP, was "pure, unrefined nightmare-material." Meanwhile, TikToker and singer Lubalin shared a music video that his partner had made using the old-fashioned animation technique of rotoscoping.

Model Architecture

Now at XNA Airport, Bentonville, ArkansasFirst seen in NYC with her seven-story Memphis-style mural for the 2018 NYCxDesign Festival, at Industry City, Camille Walala has since gone even larger and 3-D with her colossal new installation at the XNA Airport in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her now but retro graphics, in brilliant colors and black borders that can be seen from planes coming in for a landing, completely encase two utility buildings adjacent to the terminal .  The Lo...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say

"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.