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Sergey Larenkov's 'Rephotography' Piques Historic Interest, Doesn't Raise the Dead

sergey larenkov's computational rephotography
We've held off from reporting on Sergey Larenkov's computational rephotography, perhaps due do to the link-bait, ludicrous headlines that other outlets have chosen to run, like "Ghosts Now Officially Exist" and "Camera Software Lets You See Into the Past." Computational rephotography is the process of matching a historic photo's perspective with a new one, and it has lately been automated by the computer geeks at MIT. Larenkov's recent work is essentially a Photoshop-mask-heavy collection of World War II-era prints overlaid on modern snaps.

It seems that some photoshoppers out there have been bemoaning the lack of technical proficiency in the overlays, but that's really neither here nor there. What Larenkov has done is merely updated History Pin's idea, giving more attention to perspective and adding a dose of dissolve (blurring one image into another). We wouldn't hang any of this work in a gallery, but, again, that's not the point. Larenkov's computational photography gives history buffs a chance to compare and contrast the mise-en-scène of times past with the modern landscape. To us, that's really interesting enough, in and of itself. Check out a sample of his work here. [From: Geekosystem]

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