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Sam Burford

Published date
03 Apr 2019

Journey to the Image - Searching for Traces of the Indexical within Photorealistic Rendered Imagery

Chelsea College of Arts

This interdisciplinary practice-based research applies concepts from established photographic theories to the practice of generating three-dimensional (3D) photorealistic rendered imagery.

I argue that the cultural flux generated by the present post-photographic context demands a re-evaluation of the relationship between photorealistic 3D computed images and traditional forms of photographic practice.

In addition to the close study of the synthetic 3D rendered imagery and visual output by a number of computer rendering programs, the underlying algorithms are themselves addressed using the emerging field of software studies as a context to examine the critical workings of the algorithms that these 3D rendering programs deploy.


Professor Paul Coldwell