DIRECTOR OF ECAL
Alexis Georgacopoulos

HEAD OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Davide Fornari

HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Milo Keller

RESEARCHERS
Claus Gunti
Joël Vacheron
Florian Amoser

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Thomas Le Provost

PROGRAMMING
Pietro Alberti

TYPEFACE
Magister by Omnitype
Swiss 721 by Bitstream

ECAL/University of Art
and Design Lausanne
Avenue du Temple 5
1020 Renens
Switzerland
www.ecal.ch

ABOUT

The Automated Photography Research Project is part of the MA in Photography at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne with the support of the HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. Automated Photography is a continuation of the HES-SO Augmented Photography research project conducted at ECAL in 2016/2017, which aimed to question the mutability of the digital photographic image, transformed both in its physical materiality and in its virtual expression. Automated Photography focuses on a specific aspect of these changes, which are omnipresent in contemporary visual production: the automation of capture systems (smartphones, lidar, UAVs, satellites, space probes), the automation of image processing (machine vision analysis, facial recognition), and the increasing automation of image production and post-production (CGI, photogrammetry, artificial intelligence). 

CONTEXT

For the past twenty years, many photographers have been integrating images produced autonomously by machines into their work. We witness a paradigm shift in the process of creating photography: From photographic capture in the strict sense to appropriation, automated and computational practices, which respond to a conception of space that is less and less built on the equivalence between the human eye and the machine.

The project is in-between theoretical and applied research: while it is necessary to contextualize the changes introduced by automation into a broader history of photography and visual culture, as well as into a theoretical reflection on the automated image, it is also essential to produce a tangible and factual understanding of their technical and aesthetic challenges. By combining an analytical and theoretical approach with a reflection resulting from the practical confrontation with these technical devices, the project aims to take advantage of the crossroads of these different fields. The synthesis is based on a practical approach (by applying these technologies), an aesthetic approach (by analysing the visual qualities of these devices and their creative potential) and a theoretical approach (by placing the practical results in a cultural, social and political context). 

 

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