David Schonauer

State of the Art: How AI Will Finally Kill Stock Photography

FastCompany   Monday September 30, 2019

If you’ve ever looked at a prescription drug ad and wondered to yourself whether that happy, mid-60s couple could possibly be real, well, that reality is about to get a whole lot more confusing to ponder, notes FastCompany, which spotlights Generated Photos, a collection of 100,000 free-to-use human faces that are 100-percent generated by artificial intelligence.    Read the full Story >>

See It Now: Francis Wolff's View of Jazz's Private Side

The New Yorker   Monday September 30, 2019

As a founder of the legendary Blue Note record label, Francis Wolff had a remarkable view of the jazz world. As a talented photographer, he captured the private side of music made in recording studio: Wolff’s images of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Billy Higgins, Bud Powell, and other musicians may have been made for promotional purposes, but as documentary images they attest to the label’s authentic devotion to the artists, notes The New Yorker.    Read the full Story >>

Art News: Image Database Removes 600K Pictures After Art Project Reveals Its Racial Bias

artsy   Monday September 30, 2019

ImageNet, a popular online database of images, will remove 600,000 pictures of people from its system after an art project revealed the depths of the racial biases of the system’s artificial intelligence, notes Artsy. The art project, ImageNetRoulette, is an initiative by artist Trevor Paglen and the AI researcher Kate Crawford. Their project allowed people to upload photos of themselves, which would then be assessed by ImageNet technology, adds DIY Photography. It was launched recently as part of an exhibition at the Fondazione Prada in Milan titled “Training Humans.”   Read the full Story >>

Books: Fifteen Years of Midwestern Masculinity

British Journal of Photography   Monday September 30, 2019

Shot over the last 15 years in Omaha, Nebraska, Gregory Halpern’s Omaha Sketchbook (out now from MACK), is a timely meditation on a certain kind of masculinity fostered, in part, by the social and political atmosphere of America’s Midwest, notes the British Journal of Photography. Violence, together with American masculinity, vulnerability, power, childhood, and the beauty of contradictions, form the core of the work, adds BJP. “Discordance is what life is, and what makes a work of art multi-dimensional,” says Halpern.   Read the full Story >>

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