The Liberating Force of AI in Photography's Evolution

The intersection of artificial intelligence and photography represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of visual arts. AI's impact on photography is profound, challenging traditional practices and opening new avenues for creative expression, but also causing significant unrest. This development is not just a technological upgrade but a fundamental shift in how images are created and consumed.

Coming to you from Shoot On Film -- by Ari Jaaksi, this thought-provoking video explores the controversial opinion that AI-generated images are the best thing to happen to photography. Jaaksi argues that, similar to how the advent of photography liberated painting from its utilitarian roles, AI is poised to liberate photography from certain commercial and stock image demands. This historical perspective is crucial for understanding the cyclical nature of technological advancements in the arts. By drawing parallels between past transitions—from painting to photography, and then from film to digital—Jaaksi illuminates how AI could free photographers to pursue more artistic and soulful endeavors, much as digital photography once did for film.

The video goes deeper into the implications of AI for today's photographers, suggesting that AI-generated images could render certain types of photography obsolete. However, Jaaksi sees this not as a threat but as an opportunity for photographers to explore new creative territories beyond conventional stock or commercial photography. This perspective is important because it encourages photographers to adapt and find unique value in their work that AI cannot replicate. It’s a call to embrace the inevitability of change and use it as a catalyst for innovation and artistic exploration. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jaaksi.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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