Bas Sterwijk’s AI-Generated Portraits of Historical Figures

Amsterdam-based freelance photographer Bas Sterwijk utilized GAN (generative adversarial network) technology through the program artbreeder to construct the hyper-realistic photographs of famous historical figures for his A.I. Generated Portraits series. Sterwijk feeds the deep-learning network numerous images—often of paintings or sculptures—and then edits the resulting “genuine portrait.” From Queen Elizabeth and Jesus to Michelangelo’s David and Van Gogh, the photographer’s subjects come to life in …

160 Years of Food Photography

While many roll their eyes when people stand on a seat to snap a photo of their meal, it’s worth remembering that food photography has a long history—one that predates Instagram by over 150 years. And, as Susan Bright (author of Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography and co-curator of the current exhibition of the same name) says, it’s not about …

Museum Visits Linked to Longer Life

According to research by scientists at University College London, people who regularly visit museums and galleries (at least every few months) have a 31% lower risk of dying early, compared with those who don’t. It’s believed that interacting with the arts can help reduce stress and foster “creativity that allows people to adapt to changing circumstances.” Researchers admit that wealth is intrinsically linked to people’s …