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December 5, 2017

Long Before There Were Selfies, These Famous Photographers Snap Themselves Before We Ever Did

Long before there were "selfies," famous photographers were taking self-portraits as a form of artistic expression. And you thought you were the selfie master? Oh snap!

In these self-portraits by well-known photographers, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1980s, we can witness artists showing different sides of their identities in amusing, thought-provoking, and surprising ways.

Just take a look!

1. Nadar's Revolving Self-Portrait, circa 1865.

2. Man Ray's Self-Portrait with Camera, 1931.

3. Weegee, My Reflection in a 42nd St Movie Trick Mirror, ca. 1946.

4. "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman" by Berenice Abbott, circa 1930/distortion circa 1950.

5. "Untitled Film Still #3" by Cindy Sherman, 1977.

6. Chuck Close. Study for Self-Portrait, 1968.

7. Danny Lyon. Self-Portrait, New York City, 1969.

8. Vivian Maier, Self-Portrait, 1956.

9. Sally Mann. Self-Portrait, 1973.

10. Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait with Leica, 1931.

11. Imogen Cunningham, Self Portrait on Geary Street, 1958.

12. Lee Friedlander, Haverstraw, New York, 1966.


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