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Circling the square

Fifty years later, creator of the first digital image aims to smooth the pixel

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5:45pm, June 25, 2010

Russell Kirsch says he’s sorry.

More than 50 years ago, Kirsch took a picture of his infant son and scanned it into a computer. It was the first digital image: a grainy, black-and-white baby picture that literally changed the way we view the world. With it, the smoothness of images captured on film was shattered to bits.

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