Selfies through the Ages


Another day, another selfie hashtag emerges.  More recent tags  include “no makeup selfie’, “selfie after sex”, “selfie at a funeral” and today  I came across this hilarious headline: “Kim Kardashian attacked by a baby elephant while taking a selfie in Thailand”. (Don’t try that one at home, kids.)

Selfie was named word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013 and while we would like to think we are cutting edge, the selfie is actually old-school.

The first ever photograph of a person is believed to have been a selfie: Robert Cornelius, pictured above, an American pioneer in photography, produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839. source

Yeah, artists have been mastering the selfie (or self portrait) since then.  Here’s a little tour of selfies through the ages:


Félix Nadar, French photographer 1820-1910.


Unidentified woman taking her own photograph using a mirror and a box camera, roughly 1900 Source


Stanley Kubrick, film director source


Diane Arbus


Andy Warhol, ca 1963. This pair of photo-booth strips is one of Warhol’s earliest experiments with photography. Source


Vivian Maier  source

Untitled Film Still #17 1978, reprinted 1998 by Cindy Sherman born 1954

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #17 1978 source


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