“From Today, Painting is Dead” — What the Invention of Photography Tells Us About AI

A surprisingly optimistic tale!

George Dillard
5 min readMay 17, 2023

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One of the earliest daguerreotypes, 1837 (public domain)

The French painter Paul Delaroche — famous for his paintings of historical figures like Queen Elizabeth I — saw one of the first daguerreotypes at an 1840 exhibition and immediately proclaimed, “From today, painting is dead!”

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