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August 25, 2013

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Nccomfort

Nice to see this. Just thought I'd add a little more backstory. Composite photography was invented by Francis Galton, not long before this. Galton, one of the pioneers of modern statistics, was fascinated by the idea that averages were an expression of ultimate truth. Composite photography did that visually. He was particularly interested in the technique for identifying criminal and disease characteristics, as you hint, but he also published other composites, including one he thought expressed the essential Boston physician. See my post at http://genotopia.scienceblog.com/295/composite-photography-now-and-then/.

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