Gabor phases and face recognition

Are Gabor phases really useless for face recognition?

FREE-DOWNLOADW Zhang, S Shan, L Qing, X Chen… – Pattern Analysis & …, 2009 –
Abstract Gabor features have been recognized as one of the best representations for face
recognition. Usually, only the magnitudes of the Gabor coefficients are thought of as being useful
for face recognition, while the phases of the Gabor features are deemed to be useless