Navigating subjectivity in AI-generated photography: The quest for ethics and creative agency

Paula Gortázar 2024. Navigating subjectivity in AI-generated photography: The quest for ethics and creative agency. Philosophy of Photography. 15 (Issue 1-2: Expanded Visualities: Photography and Emerging Technologies), pp. 143-157. https://doi.org/10.1386/pop_00097_1

TitleNavigating subjectivity in AI-generated photography: The quest for ethics and creative agency
TypeJournal article
AuthorsPaula Gortázar
Abstract

This study identifies alternative models for the production of AI-generated images to those currently used by mainstream AI platforms. Based on primitive computational art processes, these systems allow designers to gain greater control over the final visual result, while avoiding potential issues with intellectual property theft and breach of privacy. The article starts by analysing the level of artificiality that might be effectively attributed to each part of the creative process involved in the development of AI-generated images. It then moves on to discuss the extent to which individual actors intervene in each of these stages, with the aim of untangling the different subjectivities that would ultimately shape the meaning of AI-generated photographs, and identifying existing AI models able to offer practical solutions for every designer to retain creative autonomy over their AI creations.

KeywordsAI images
AI-generated photography
synthetic photography
expanded photography
virtual photography
photography theory
JournalPhilosophy of Photography
Journal citation15 (Issue 1-2: Expanded Visualities: Photography and Emerging Technologies), pp. 143-157
ISSN2040-3682
2040-3690
Year2024
PublisherIntellect
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/pop_00097_1
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1386/pop_00097_1
Publication dates
Published in print01 Oct 2023
Published online28 Jun 2024
FunderCREAM at the University of Westminster

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