Controversial AI-generated photo goes on sale for €20,000. Would you buy it?

Sony World Photography Open Awards 2023
The Electrician (Image credit: Boris Eldagsen, Germany, Winner, Open Competition, Creative. / Sony World Photography Awards 2023)

The controversial AI-generated photo that caused a sensation at the Sony World Photography Awards this year has been spotted on sale at this year's Paris Salon art fair.

Created by German photographer Boris Eldagsen, his image, called The Electrician, won the creative open category of the annual Sony Awards – only for him to reveal it was an AI-generated at the award ceremony itself.  

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.