Assembly Curated presents “49/23” by US-based artist Gregory Eddi Jones. This collection represents a nuanced, visually layered reflection on how old technology gives way to new, and brings forward questions about how we may reckon with such a radical shift in our understanding of what photography can be in the 21st century.
“49/23” is digital collage series that blends AI-generated images over vintage photography magazine pages, building a conceptual bridge between photography’s past and future while exploring the disruptions posed by AI toward photographic tradition. To make these images, AI imagery is produced by responding to the existing images and text of the source pages. They are then woven into the pages to produce intricate image/text interplays. The ‘photographs’ also reflect various core themes, including ideas of imitation, popular photography, futurism, and mechanisms of visual production, while often nodding to significant moments in the medium’s history.