The current advanced search features are good, but fairly general.
With good EXIF support, you could construct an image search with the following parameters:
- Taken in the last ten days
- Portrait oriented
- At least 500 pixels wide
- Photographer is Annie Leibovitz
Additional flexibility would be available once all digital cameras have GPS built-in (call me optimistic). Using location-coordinate mappings, you could specify all of the above possibilities along with where the photographs were taken. This wouldn’t be really useful for Leibovitz because she is primarily a portrait photographer, but it would be great for locating images in which the geographic location is important, such as nature scenes and current events.
Verifying that an image was taken by a particular photographer presents a problem. I suppose the source image server could be factored in as one way of measuring accuracy – if a photo came from annieleibovitz.com (just an example – there is currently nothing there), there is a good chance that the EXIF data is correct. If that site is frequently linked to by other sites, that would also lend some credence to the claim.
Currently, EXIF data is usually removed to decrease image file sizes or simply nonexistent, but that probably won’t be the case in the relatively near future as digital cameras entirely replace film for general use (around the time the term “digital” is no longer used when referring to them) and high speed connections become ubiquitous. Building new Image Search features for the future seems like a sound idea.