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Self-portraits and social media: The rise of the ‘selfie’

I joke in class, when teaching camera use, the purpose of the self timer and that most photographers seem to want to be behind rather than in front of the camera. This article on the BBC website suggests that the non-photographer picture taking public are very keen on self portraiture. I am not sure this is hugely relevant but it makes interesting reading.

There’s a mania for sharing self-taken photographs online. But why, asks Charissa Coulthard.

The first smartphone with a forward-facing camera was the watershed moment.

You only need this second, forward-facing camera if you want to take pictures of yourself. Could there be any more conclusive indication of the ubiquity of the self-portrait or “selfie”?

The cameras, which focus automatically from arm’s length, invite us to photograph on the spur of the moment, regardless of location or company.

Images can be shared with thousands of other people. Its immediacy – Look where I am! Look what I’m doing! Look at what I look like! – is exciting. To some…..READ ON HERE

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Evolution of a selfie: Charissa Coulthard before and after tips, and experimenting with a new look

For true evolutionary self portraiture the discerning look no further than Cindy Sherman

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Art Becomes Her: In Honor of Cindy Sherman’s MoMA Retrospective, Five Tastemakers Reflect on Her Influence

Cindy Sherman has proven herself the ultimate master of disguise. For decades she has been her own model—donning wigs, makeup, prosthetics, and endless numbers of costumes in an astonishing series of uncanny photographs. READ MORE HERE

Relates Links (serious stuff first)

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1170

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Sherman

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jan/15/cindy-sherman-interview

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/cindy-sherman-1938

and the rest “selfie”

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One response to “Self-portraits and social media: The rise of the ‘selfie’

  1. Pingback: Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Self-Portraits So They Stand Out | Oxford School of Photography

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