The future of photography is the same as it ever was

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


There is a rise in techno-panic surrounding the advent of AI image-generators which may be attributable to our inclination to fear change and a foreboding sense that technology will ‘ruin’ us. This presentation pushes back on fear-based narratives, contending that images made by AI, though not strictly photography, may still engage audiences in a way that is similar to traditional photographic forms and that as much as things change, ‘we’ stay more or less the same. This talk engaged with the history of ‘truth’ in photography, and used multiple examples of doctored or ideology-laden images to illustrate a question about the perception of veracity in photographic images. Even as AI produces fakeries, they tell a ‘real’ story. AI-made photos of Trump being arrested shortly before he was arrested were fake, but also told a true (eventually) story. Could there be truth in fake images if they narrate something of our real stories?
Period7 Oct 2023
Event titleBallarat International Foto Biennale 2023: Photography Biennale
Event typeOther
LocationBallarat, Australia, VictoriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational