The Art and Science of Depiction -- Frédo Durand

Vision Solves Problems

Monday, February 26. 2001


Vision as an inverse problem and vision as a paradox: alhough the available information is only the retinal image, we have conscious access only to the distal stimulus: the 3D scene.
Computational theory of vision and relation between various stages of vision processing and different styles of pictures.
Constancy and invariants: size, lightness, color, etc. Constancy failure and pictorial effects.

Slides of the lecture

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Assignments for Monday 5

Read Art and Illusion
E. H. Gombrich, Princeton University Press, 1956
briefly summarize the book, 1-2 pages, 12 point double space

Piranmesi tutorial 1, 2, 3 and 4 (skip 2.4)
Either send me a jpeg file of the resulting image or post-it on a web site and e-mail me address. the best is to make a screen-copy using the "print Screen" key and pasting the result in photoshop. Write a little comment on the software, pros and cons (Do not hesitate to complain).

Send 5 lines (by e-mail) explaining the most important thing you've learnt in class this week, or the thing you do not agree about or the subject you would have liked to seedeveloped in more details.

Illustrative image
Bring or send as jpeg an image illustrating one of the issues covered during the lectures (Tuesday or Wednesday).

Discussion issue
Send me one or two issues or reaction about this week's readings.


Further Reading

Art and Representation, new Principles in the Analysis of Pictures, John Willats, Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN:0691087377, 1997
Perception and artistic Style
, D. M. Parker and J. D. Deregowski, North Holland Press, Advances in psychology, 73, 1990

Vision Science: From photons to phenomenology, Palmer, MIT Press
Foundations of Vision, B. A. Wandell, Sinauer, 1995.
Visual Perception : Physiology, Psychology and Ecology, Vicki Bruce, P.R. Green and M.A. Georgeson, Psychology Pr, 3rd Edition, 1996.

Related links

Piranesi Discussion and FAQ

Vision Science
Perceptual Grouping and Visual Perception WWW Ressources
The Joy of Visual Perception: A Web Book
Vision course by Michael D'Zmura
The Visual PercepZone
Sensation and Perception Tutorials
Vision and Art

Illusions at the Exploratorium
Illusions at Colorcube