Top 3 favorite graphics papers

What are every editors top 3 favorite graphics papers of all time?

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I will be curious to see if we make it past the 1984 SIGGRAPH proceedings!

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These guys have so many papers - this is going to be a fun answer - lets see what they say. Thanks for asking !

I was 10 at the time - and thought I was supposedly an early reader I somehow doubt I read the Siggraph proceedings back then … :-)

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1984 was my first SIGGRAPH, memorable for seven papers from Pixar, some seminal. Really, it’s hard to pick just three papers overall!

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Ray Tracing Jell-O Brand Gelatin, Paul Heckbert, Siggraph 87
Veach Dissertation
Point-Based Rendering (UNC Tech Report)

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I’m into oldies. Kajiya’s “The Rendering Equation.” Whitted’s “An Improved Illumination Model for Shaded Display.” Veach’s chapter 9, “Multiple Importance Sampling.” (basically same as Pete’s 1995 reference, only longer)

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Distribution Ray Tracing 1984
The Rendering Equation 1986
Optimally Combining Sampling Techniques for Monte Carlo Rendering 1995

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Memory Coherent Ray Tracing (Matt Pharr)

  • Monte Carlo radiosity (Pete Shirley)
  • Distribution Ray Tracing …
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