Photojournalist Controversially Turns to AI to Illustrate ‘Inaccessible’ Stories

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Michael Christopher Brown used the artificial intelligence (AI) image generator Midjourney to produce a series of images that explores historical Cuban events and the realities of Cubans attempting to cross the 90 miles of ocean that separate Havana from Florida.

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Brown is known for his reportage that documents life and conflict in Africa and the Middle East for prestige publications like National Geographic and The New York Times.

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AI image of ex-president Fidel Castro

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The photographer says he spent time in Cuba and heard incredible stories of people who escaped the island to journey to the United States. But owing to their nature, there is very little documentation of these events.

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“I just see this imagery as storytelling, nothing more nothing less,” Brown explains.

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“As definitely something more similar to say, a film — something that is based on a true story than actual documentation. I am exploring the possibilities of the AI medium as an artist.”

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