Photography through the lens of AI

Foam is thrilled to host a thematic group exhibition that dives deeper into the latest developments in photography through the lens of Artificial Intelligence. By showcasing the work of artists who not only use AI but also critically reflect on its functioning, Foam invites visitors to look beyond the surface and explore all the facets that are changing the way photorealistic images are created.

About the exhibition

Since the invention of photography in the 19th century, the technology of the medium has constantly evolved. Image manipulation has always been a part of photography, from darkroom techniques to the magic of programs such as Photoshop. Artificial Intelligence is the most recent development that makes it easier than ever to create images that appear astonishingly ‘real’ but are fundamentally detached from reality. 

AI does not utilize photography as a final product; instead, it can generate hyper-realistic images based on photographs, raising profound societal questions. If the naked eye cannot discern between an AI-generated image and a photograph, what does that mean for our understanding of photography? And if AI image generators draw on a history of photography, are the images they generate not still 'photographic,' even if strictly speaking, they are not photos?

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Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

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Photography through the lens of AI