Trophy Camera v0.9

    • Dries Depoorter, Max Pinckers
    • Belgium, Netherlands
    • 2017
    • Digital
    • DocLab: Uncharted Rituals, DocLab Program
    A photographic image is never objective. That is of course mostly due the human factor: the way a photographer captures reality (by framing what is in the picture and what is left out) determines both what kind of story it tells and the quality and meaning of a picture. But what happens if we could somehow aggregate that human factor and build it into the machine itself? The answer to that question is Trophy Camera v0.9, an experimental photo camera that can only make award-winning pictures. This AI-powered camera, developed by photographer Max Pinckers and media artist (and DocLab Academy alumnus) Dries Depoorter, had been trained by all previous World Press Photo's of the Year since 1955. Based on the identification of labeled patterns, the camera is programmed to recognise, make and save only photos that it predicts have at least a 90% chance of winning. These photos are then automatically uploaded to a dedicated website: Try it for yourself at IDFA: just take a photo and check if the camera deems your picture worthy of awards.


    • color
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Created by
    Dries Depoorter
    Dries Depoorter, Max Pinckers
    Dries Depoorter
    Key collaborator
    Max Pinckers
    Dries Depoorter

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