Photographer fools the internet with AI-generated images of ancient cameras

Porcelain AI cameras fool the internet
(Image credit: Mathieu Stern)

Can anything on the internet be trusted anymore? Hundreds of people were fooled on Friday by a convincing post that was shared on both Instagram and Twitter by French photographer Mathieu Stern, which contained images of beautifully crafted medium format and film cameras, and an accompanying complete made-up history lesson on their unique origins.  

Mathieu Stern utilized the emerging trend of AI-image generators to create stunning images of porcelain cameras and then contextualized them with the tale that they were supposedly created by artisans that had been commissioned by The great Chinese Emperor, Qianlong after he became fascinated by the art of photography.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.