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Redefining Photography in the Era of Artificial Intelligence​​​​​​​

Considering how “photographs” are produced through AI, whether such products are actual photographs is a question that needs pondering.


Artificial intelligence (AI) has begun to increasingly dominate the fields of art and science. In photography, creating images using AI algorithms is a significant development. Brazilian–Czech philosopher and writer Villiam Flusser, in Towards a Philosophy of Photography (1983), defined images as “surfaces that signify something out there and are meant to render things imaginable for us, by abstracting it and reducing its four dimensions of space-plus-time to the two dimensions of a plane.” Considering AI’s capacity to produce such images, how photography might be redefined in the present era remains a question. I want to argue that “creating images” using AI algorithms is not on par with “capturing photographs” using an apparatus like the camera.

The introduction of “computational photography” can be considered the most critical advancement in photography due to AI. Photographs can be either improved or created using this technology, often in real time. For instance, a set of instructions typed out in words helps AI generate images, which could be customised, giving further commands. Many new smartphones now use AI-powered computational photography technology to automatically enhance images, edit and modify, as well as increase their technical quality though captured within lenses of small apertures.

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Updated On : 26th Oct, 2023
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