Philipp Schmitt's 'Declassifier' uses a computer vision algorithm trained on COCO, an image dataset developed by Microsoft in 2014. In the work, photographs from Schmitt’s series 'Tunnel Vision' are tested and overlaid with the images used to generate the algorithm in the first place.
By doing so, Schmitt exposes the myth of magically intelligent machines; the visual data by which machine learning algorithms learn to make predictions is hardly ever shown, let alone credited. Part of the 'Data / Set / Match' programme.
Suggested Citation:Schmitt, P. (2020) 'Declassifier', The Photographers’ Gallery: Unthinking Photography. Available at: https://unthinking.photography/commissions/declassifier