A photographer is fooling the internet with AI-generated images of ancient cameras

Can anything on the internet be trusted anymore? On Friday, hundreds of people were fooled by a convincing post that went viral on the two Instagram: (opens in new tab) and Twitter by French photographer Mathieu Stern, featuring beautifully crafted images of medium format and film cameras, along with an accompanying full fictional history lesson on their unique origins.

Mathieu Stern used the emerging trend of AI-image generators to create stunning images of porcelain cameras, then contextualized them with the tale that they were allegedly created by artisans commissioned by the great Chinese emperor Qianlong after he fell in love with the art. of photography.

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