Photographer uses AI to imagine how dead famous people would look today

As if nothing happened
(Image credit: Alper Yeşiltaş)

A Turkish photographer has started using AI technology and photo editing software to create lifelike images of dead celebrities. In the series, 'As If Nothing Happened', Alper Yeşiltaş has reimagined what celebrities would've looked like today had they not died prematurely – and the results are incredibly believable. 

AI technology is fast becoming a crucial part of photography – may that be for facial recognition, culling photos or even generating photorealistic images using systems such as DALL•E 2 or Midjourney. There has been some concern and criticism regarding AI-generated images, and some photographic websites (including Getty) have banned them entirely, but Yeşiltaş has found a way to use AI images for good. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.