What's abuzz in the photography world this week?
1. DIY Phototgraphy
Researchers have released a study showing that AI image generators can and do replicate existing images seen during the machine learning process, leading to the possibility of producing exact copies of copyrighted images. This contradicts the argument that AI machines only use inspiration from what they observe during the learning process. Currently rare, the study predicts this could become a larger problem in the future.
Jay-Z eventually settled a lawsuit with photographer Jonathan Mannion, who created iconic album covers for the artist. In June 2021, Jay-Z sued Mannion and his company, Jonathan Mannion Photography, LLC., alleging that they were making profits from Jay-Z's name, image, and likeness without permission. Mannion was selling prints of the album covers on his website for thousands of dollars.
WatermarkRemover.io, a free tool that uses AI to remove watermarks from images, is causing concern in the photography industry. The use of AI for complex tasks like removing multi-colored watermarks with varying opacity values is making it easier to remove watermarks from images, which was previously a difficult task. This accessibility and simplicity of the tool could lead to the theft of photos.
4. Adobe Magazine
According to the latest IKEA annual report, nearly half of the global population (48%) do not feel that their home life is accurately represented in the media. To address this discrepancy IKEA has partnered with renowned American photographer, Annie Leibovitz, who is celebrated for capturing the intimate aspects of her subjects and revealing deeper truths through her photography. She will serve as IKEA's Artist in Residence in 2023.
5. Peta Pixel
The British Press Photographer's Association (BPPA) has unveiled the winners of its 2022 competition. With a year filled with major news events in Britain, including the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a World Cup in soccer, and three changes in the Prime Minister, there were a lot of moments to document. Reuters photographer Hannah McKay has been awarded the title of BPPA's Press Photographer of the Year.
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