Lenna – The first lady of the internet
The painting above is the latest from Gavin Rain and is titled Lenna
Lenna is the name given to an image that has been in use since 1973 as the standard test image to compare digital images with. Today, the use of Playboy model Lenna’s image has been recognized as one of the most important events in the history of electronic imaging with her being referred to “The first lady of the Internet”.
In 1973, two researchers at the University of Southern California were hurriedly searching the lab for a good image to scan for a colleague’s conference paper. They had tired of their stock of usual test images and wanted something glossy to ensure good output and dynamic range. Just then, somebody happened to walk in with a recent issue of Playboy… Today Lenna (a Swedish model) helps handicapped people use computers.
Read the full story here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~chuck/lennapg/pcs_mirror/may_june01.pdf