These humans did not exist.
These humans did not feel.
These humans were generated by AI.
We are accustomed to taking photography for granted and do not question the reality of the events presented, even in the age of digital post-production. One of the goals of photography is to affect the spectator by displaying a story or a particular problem, hence there is often an emotional charge related to seeing photographs. The question we might pose is whether this is possible with artificial photography. We know for granted that artificially generated humans do not exist and have never existed in the past. Therefore the situations and emotions presented are not real either. On the other hand, the visible emotions can affect the viewer and provoke feelings of empathy even when the source is artificial. This way spectator becomes an active participant in the artistic work as he is a medium that allows the artificial emotions to materialize.
Images were generated with an Artificial Intelligence model that was trained on a set of twentieth-century photography works from the open collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Model imitates old photography techniques of daguerreotypes and wet plates that provoke a sense of "authenticity" of the presented human beings living before the age of the current technological revolution and artificial intelligence.









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