BAM! The Behance Artistic Media Dataset for Recognition Beyond Photography

Michael J. Wilber, Chen Fang, Hailin Jin, Aaron Hertzmann, John Collomosse, Serge Belongie; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 1202-1211


Computer vision systems are designed to work well within the context of everyday photography. However, artists often render the world around them in ways that do not resemble photographs. Artwork produced by people is not constrained to mimic the physical world, making it more challenging for machines to recognize. This work is a step toward teaching machines how to categorize images in ways that are valuable to humans. First, we collect a large-scale dataset of contemporary artwork from Behance, a website containing millions of portfolios from professional and commercial artists. We annotate Behance imagery with rich attribute labels for content, emotions, and artistic media. Furthermore, we carry out baseline experiments to show the value of this dataset for artistic style prediction, for improving the generality of existing object classifiers, and for the study of visual domain adaptation. We believe our Behance Artistic Media dataset will be a good starting point for researchers wishing to study artistic imagery and relevant problems. This dataset can be found at

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author = {Wilber, Michael J. and Fang, Chen and Jin, Hailin and Hertzmann, Aaron and Collomosse, John and Belongie, Serge},
title = {BAM! The Behance Artistic Media Dataset for Recognition Beyond Photography},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}