FIRST #SELFIES OF HISTORY (pictures holding the camera)
1) Robert Cornelius himself, in his pursuit of the perfect daguerreotype. October 1839 - ”The first light picture ever taken.” - he wrote.
2) Unidentified woman taking her own photograph using a mirror and a box camera, roughly 1900.
3) Edvard Munch, 1908. Self-Portrait “à la Marat”.
4) Joseph Byron, photographer. 1909.
5) Imogen Cunningham, self portrait with camera (she took lots of self-portraits before without holding the camera, in 1909 for example). 1912.
6) Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna herself, with a Kodak Brownie. October 1914 - “I took this picture of myself looking at the mirror. It was very hard as my hands were trembling.” - she wrote in a letter.
7) Gunner Thomas Baker, with a Kodak camera. Circa 1917.
8a & 8b) Five gentlemen, Joe Byron (again), Pirie MacDonald, Colonel Marceau, Pop Core & Ben Falk, photographers of the Byron Company. Different days, December, 1920.
*I have to mention here Hippolyte Bayard (Le Noyé) -1840-, Roger Fenton -1852-, Countess da Castiglione & Pierre Louis Pierson -1856-, Francis Frith -1859-, Felix Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) -1865-, Mathew Brady -1875-, Arthur Rimbaud -1883-, Thomas Eakins -1880-, Edgar Degas -1895-… due to their famous self-pictures (without holding the camera, though -year of the first self-portrait between dashes-).*
If you are interested on #selfies, I leave you here some interesting links:
- This is a great and funny study about #selfies, in five cities around the world.
- If you understand Spanish, this is a huge and a great article about #selfies in history, by Óscar Colorado Nates.