Unthinking Photography is an online resource that explores photography's increasingly automated, networked life.

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By analysing the use of noise, probability and randomness in generative AI, Sonia Bernac and Jeremy Keenan question what the emergent aesthetics of diffusion models really are, and whether it’s possible to move away from a visual output that is only determined by probability. 

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An introduction to signal theory, explaining key mathematical concepts such as ‘representation’ and ‘groups’. Max Ardito takes a technical approach to look at the constructions that produce digital images. In doing so, he asks: how does digital media age, and what influences its aging?
A reflection into the work of Design Beku, a mesh network in Southern India, which reimagines the idea of data governance through methodologies of ethical care.
Jessica Wilson and Arieh Frosh discuss Jessica's computer generated animation "Perfectly Clear". Focusing on how the artist relates to processes and software in animation, they discuss intention and legibility across our screen-based interactions.
Mónica Alcázar-Duarte reflects on how abundance in indigenous culture is in contrast with ideas of aspiration and eternal growth.
Yung Au considers the term Activism through a retrospective lens, and how it claims to bring possible futures
Srujana Katta considers how Community artefacts as shown through an ephemeral piece of daily life: the screenshot
Dhruv Jani reflects on the term History, using a little-known album of seventeen images from the town of Itihasnagar
Images are the fuel of computer vision. In this text, the sociologists and computer science researchers Miceli Milagros and Tianling Yang, discuss the performativity of ground truth data that are produced in image labeling processes.
Per photo, digital photography is undeniably more eco-friendly than analogue film photography. However, we make orders of magnitude more photos now than in the analogue times. This article discusses the history of digital image formats and their ecological footprint.
Yani Kong and Laura Marks discuss the genre and aesthetics of small file cinema that inspired The Photographers' Gallery "Small File Photo Festival" in 2023.
This article speculates how photography could evolve to face the challenges that the networked image and the environmental emergency has brought forward. It suggests a radical change in the visual cultures developed along with the adoption of a new file format.
On the first day of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, a network of people operating DIY satellite ground stations around the world will capture a collective snapshot of the Earth.
Rayane Jemaa's project investigating representation of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in a selection of video games, reconstructed using photogrammetry.
Su Myat explores the role of organisations like Myanmar Witness to consider digital evidence and how activism and photography converge in a networked world.
"An AI-powered camera that redefines image creation. NUCA captures individuals in their purest form – no clothing, literally stripped down to their authentic selves in their natural state."
Bjoern Karmann's context-to-image camera that uses location data and artificial intelligence to visualize a "photo" of a specific place and moment.
Researchers from the University of Chicago introduce Nightshade, an optimized prompt-specific poisoning attack where poison samples look visually identical to benign images with matching text prompts.
A new research paper that produces consistent multi-view normal maps and correpsonding color images, and thus reconstructs high-fidelity textured mesh from a single image in only 2~3 minutes.
Maya Man's Glance Back will quickly snap a photo of you once a day at random when you open a new tab and inquire: “What are you thinking about?”
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