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Custom Software Will Produce Every Possible Digital Photograph

Custom Software Will Produce Every Possible Digital Photograph
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Jeff Thompson's project explores the notion of infinity by slightly changing the pixels of an image.

Emma Hutchings
  • 11 february 2013

Nebraska-based digital artist Jeff Thompson‘s ‘Every Possible Photograph’ project uses custom-written software with the aim of producing every digital photo that it’s possible to take by slightly changing the pixels of each image.

The project explores the notion of infinity and our affinity with cataloguing each moment with a photograph. According to Co.Design, the software can produce between 200 and 300 new images every second.

Custom Software Will Produce Every Possible Photograph

Every possible photograph is generated, one at a time and in numerical order, which will of course take a very long period of time. Thompson told Co.Design:

Even this version will take approximately 46,138,562,195, 008,110,600,774,753,760, 087,749,172,181,189,607,929, 628,058,548,517, 099,604,563,033,706,075 years to complete. By way of comparison, the universe is 13,770,000,000 years old.

Take a look at the video below to see the project in action.

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