Our bookstore staffer Ben Lerman pointed me to this new picture rating system just announced by Penn State University.
"An online photo-rating system developed at Penn State is the first publicly available tool for automatically determining the aesthetic value of an image, according to a Penn State researcher involved with the project."
Now you can upload an image and have a computer instantly "read it" and then "rate it" based on its or more accurately, the programmed picture aesthetic.
We tried the service by uploading an FSA Walker Evans portrait and a Diane Arbus iconic image. Evans passed with flying colors (73.1/100), but the Diane Arbus portrait of the twins (the classic cover image of her Aperture monograph) didn't fare so well (22/100).
In computer thy trust.