Self-Portrait

October 2006

Supported by Jerome Foundation

Self-Portrait is a software search for the artist’s face among the millions contained in the photos uploaded to www.flickr.com. The project’s site displays three photos: 1) an ever-changing photo that depicts what is currently being evaluated by Self-Portrait’s facial recognition software; 2) the most recent photo that was identified as containing a face. (The software often misses seeing faces and occasionally misidentifies an inanimate object as a face.); and 3) the most recent photo that has a high probability of depicting Ethan Ham (the artist). Clicking on this photo allows viewing earlier photos that were found to contain Ethan.

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