The Future Without You by Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin - Tipi bookshop
The Future Without You by Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin - Tipi bookshop
The Future Without You by Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin - Tipi bookshop

The Future Without You by Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin

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Texts generated by ChatGPT-3 and ChatGPT-3.5, MiniGPT-4 and img2poem
None of the images in this book were created using artificial intelligence.

For this collaboration, Max Pinckers and Thomas Sauvin rummaged through 50.000 transparencies rescued from a recycling center in Beijing. This analog archive from the 1990s consists of stock photos that were produced in the US and ended up in China when a company subsidiary was opened to market them in a new territory.

The Future Without You by Max Pinckers Thomas Sauvin

The images in this archive cover a wide array of subjects, themes, and photographic styles. They were made with the sole intention of being purchased or licensed for nonspecific context. They represent an era of advertising when high-quality, generic visuals would be adopted by companies to avoid the expense and effort of arranging custom photoshoots.

The Future Without You by Max Pinckers Thomas Sauvin

With stock photography embodying the most capitalist form of imagery, Pinckers and Sauvin focused their selection on the world of corporate business, represented by actors of limited talent during a time of anxiety triggered by the arrival of the personal computer and the rise of the Internet.

 

The Future Without You by Max Pinckers Thomas Sauvin

Reconsidered 30 years later, there is something amusing—but also disturbing, even prophetic—about these images, which seem to have lost none of their relevance with the dawn of artificial intelligence.

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