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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Darwin's Photograph

#photography #deeplearning #darwin

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

David Quammen



This doesn't have a great deal of direct connection to the book, but here is the oldest photograph of Charles Darwin. It's a daguerreotype taken in 1842. Darwin, age 31, is holding his son William, who happened to be a (convenient) subject of Darwin's research on infant psychology. Originally monochrome, I ran it through a deep-learning coloring/clean-up script -- mostly to see what would happen.

Image Source

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