Envisaging the Holy Land: Facial Recognition and Early Photography
Envisaging the Holy Land: Facial Recognition and Early Photography

Building on a exhibition of early photographs of the Holy Land, Laura Eckstein, the inaugural Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator at Penn’s Judaica DH lab, experimented with a Python script in order to find a way to use facial recognition to comb a corpus of more than 5,000 images to bring to life the otherwise lost individual faces found in these photos. These photos were used in the Image Gallery for the exhibition. After compiling, editing, and transforming these faces into a rotating slide show, Eckstein then created a “how-to” manual in video format to show anyone interested in this tool how use the python script she created and extract the faces from their own collections of photographs.



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Project Team and Advisors:
  • Hila Fishman
  • Exhibition Curator
  • Dennis Mullen
  • Project Developer and Image Gallery Exhibition Designer
  • The Lenkin Family Collection of Photography