Paper Texture ID Challenge
texture images

The texture images of black and white photographic paper were made using Paul Messier's reference collection of photographic paper. Inkjet texture images were made using The Wilhelm Analog and Digital Color Print Materials Reference Collection.

Paul made all photomicrographs according to specifications available here.

The texture images were used for the Historic Photographic Papers Challenge (2011-2013) organized by Rick Johnson and hosted by the conservation department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (see the movie).

Four teams accepted the initial challenge and produced successful classification schemes based on diverse approaches. A publication describing this work has been submitted to JAIC . The teams:

  1. Patrice Abry, Nelly Pustelnik, Stephane Roux (Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon), Stephane Jaffard (University of Paris) and Herwig Wendt (Institute de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse)
  2. Andy Klein, Anh Hoang Do, Chris Brown, (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), and Phil Klausmeyer (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
  3. Eric Postma, Nanne van Noord and Laurens van der Matten (Tilburg University)
  4. Bill Sethares (University of Wisconsin

The success of this project prompted the realization that other teams may be interested in taking up the challenge and developing their own algorithms. This site was created to promote this goal and provides non-commercial entities free and open access (see Terms) to unique sets of texture images.


  • Jim Coddington, Lee Ann Daffner, Hanako Murata (Museum of Modern Art)
  • Henry Wilhelm (Wilhelm Imaging Research)
  • Sally Wood (University of Santa Clara)
  • Mark Messier (Indiana University)
© 2013 - All rights reserved