Lightroom: Named People Management View

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I have nearly a half million images in my catalog and a large number of named people with facial recognition's "Named People" function.

As of LR6 CC December 2016 update there is no way to see all named people and do management of the named people across your entire catalog without selecting "All Photographs" on the Lightroom menu.

This creates an issue as it is slow in the first place but then also brings up all "Unnamed People" as well below the list of named people which even makes it slower. There is no way currently to suppress the "Unnamed People" in the people view, and unfortunately I still have several 10s of thousands of unnamed people.

I would like to have a screen to do more with my named people without having to deal with unnamed people, so I can do more with the facial recognition technology that simply have Lightroom consume CPU cycles tagging people.

Today when I perform basic navigation and renaming I am hindered by scrolling into "Unnamed people" or very long delays while Unnamed people updates itself after I make changes to "Named People".

Management Features I would like to be able to perform:
1) Merge duplicates through renaming.
2) Search for people by name in this people view.. independent of the library grid view.

Minimum Requirements of Feature:
1) Be able to see all named people in a catalog or a selected folder like today.
2) Be able to completely suppress "Unnamed so I can scroll through all of my named people and efficently perform renaming and scrolling operations without having to deal with the "Unnamed people" window in any shape or form.. in both its reindexing and redisplay or any other thing it seems to be doing. 

Added Value:
1) Filtered search within "named people" context only, not my whole catalog or keywords.. but just within what I currently have up on the screen based on their name / text.
2) Have some sort of people categorization / folder structure to subdivide  So I can categorize clients vs. models vs. random people.. but also have a category for people I know were from like an event are pending but I can still group together via facial recognition so they are not lumped in generically into "unnamed people". Today I do something like "Dec16Evt_P01" temporarily to start the identification and grouping process.

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Christopher R Souser

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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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Lightroom differentiates the People keywords from the normal keywords. You can filter People keywords from the Keyword List panel in the library module. Like this,

It shows the total count of the face in the catalog. And if you mouse over one of the entries, Lr would show a right pointing arrow where you can filter the photos with that name.
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Phil Cochetti

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Simon, I think this is more an issue of the number of flops being wasted on tagging folks that he's not interested in ever tagging.  I recently posted a similar thought... being able to click "ignore" on a face or being able to pause the recognition to save the CPU when you don't want that feature churning...
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Phil Cochetti

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This is still an open concern in my book.