I was trying to show photos with unnamed faces so that I can annotate them. There is an online solution but it requires you to mark all the pictures with no faces at all. Any suggestions?


For Catalina, this method works (at least from what I can tell):

  • Person is not %
  • Person is blank (i.e., the field is literally blank)

It's possible that just the second condition is all that is needed.

Here is what it looks like:

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  • I'm using Mojave. Your second condition didn't change anything :( – Dr_Hope Feb 15 '20 at 14:01
  • Thank you. This works on macOS Catalina 10.15.7 – mcotton Nov 16 '20 at 16:11
  • This does show photos with "Unnamed" people, and the Album's count goes down as soon as you assign a name. But it also shows some photos with named faces (no Unnamed). Strange. – pkamb Jan 31 at 22:10

Edit: After re-reading your question and the provided link I see that my answer is similar but does not entirely solve your problem. From my experience with Photos.app and Lightroom this is probably the best way to approach it if the desired album (i.e. unnamed people) and features don't exist natively.

One option is to create a Smart Album via File > New Smart Album and apply the necessary criteria to filter out existing people.

Specific exclusions

If you have a small number of people you can choose [Person] | [does not include] and add full or partial names to exclude from the Album.

Note that you may need multiple "conditions" (i.e. lines of criteria) to filter out everyone as you can't use wildcards, comma separated names, etc. This also may not be practical if you have large numbers of people in Photos.

Bulk exclusions (this is what you want)

As a catch all approach you can exclude a set of letters that would cover most names such as a,e,i,o,u as at least one of those letters is present in most names. Make sure to select "All" in the "Match [___] of the following conditions" line. This works because it will do partial matches to including the letter o will match (and exclude) names like John, Bob, Thomas, etc.

If / when you find photos containing people that were not caught by this catch all you can determine which letter(s) are missing and add them to the rule.

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    But what if I want to exclude the photos with no faces at all? There are so many photos that don't have anyone in and I don't want to annotate those photos. – Dr_Hope Oct 28 '19 at 13:38
  • If there is a built-in tag in Photos.app that represents found but unnamed people such as “unnamed” or “unknown” (whether its visible in the UI or not) you may be able to add that to the exclusion rules. Currently I don’t have any unidentified people in my Photos.app library. I will attempt to run some test when I can and report back. – bVer Oct 28 '19 at 19:28
  • As of today in Catalina, this solution noted above is no longer working (nor is the linked one in the OP). I'm hoping it gets fixed because I put a lot of effort into working with this. – Poiks Nov 23 '19 at 18:06

On MacOS Big Sur, create a smart album with the condition:

Person IS [blank]
  • This solution works for me, thanks – Dan Jun 8 at 2:09

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