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State of the Art: The First AI-Generated Stock Photos of People

The future of stock photography is here. And it isn't real. VAIsual, a tech company that identifies itself as a "synthetic content pioneer," has partnered with German micro stock agency PantherMedia to offer 100-percent AI-generated stock images of humans who don't really exist. The images are now available to download at Smarterpix, the German stock agency operated by PantherMedia. "It is estimated that within the next 5 to 10 years, 95% of all images we see will be AI-generated media." said VAIsual founder and CEO Michael Osterrieder.

Spotlight: Sunny Sunflowers, Carnivorous Plants, and a Singapore Timelapse

What kinds of plants do you prefer? Today's roundup of exceptional video projects features two kinds. Photographer Neil Bromhall creates astonishing timelapses of plants growing and blooming, and his latest work features a sunflower opening over the course of 10 days. Meanwhile, French artist Thomas Blanchard has made a macro film with butterflies and carnivorous plants in action. And if you've been missing travel, you might enjoy the hyperlapse made by photographer Kirill Neiezhmakov before the pandemic.

David Butow: BRINK

  Independent photojournalist David Butow sensed a dark undercurrent in the American political psyche while covering the early days of the Trump campaign back in 2016. As he followed events in the upper Midwest rustbelt and rural towns, he concluded that the ever-changing narrative of the highly unpredictable candidate signaled dramatic times to come. So he moved to Washington, D.C. for an immersive experience of the chaotic presidency and its aftermath.   David joined me by email la...

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.