Oldest Selfies Of All Time

Selfies are not so modern as they might appear to be. People have been taking selfies for centuries. But at that time, they were referred to as ‘self-portraits.’

1. World’s oldest selfie

A self-portrait taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839 has been officially declared as the world’s oldest selfie. The words the first light picture ever taken were written on the back of his photo.

World’s oldest selfie by Robert Cornelius (1839). Image Credit: Wikipedia

2. Self Portrait as a Drowned Man

Hippolyte Bayard’s self-portraits were well-known in the 1840s. He created his first staged photograph entitled “Self Portrait as a Drowned Man” in 1840 as a response to the injustice subjected to him when he was persuaded by a friend to not declare his photography technique costing him the recognition as one of the principal inventors of photography.

Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man by Hippolyte Bayard (1840). Image Credit: Wikipedia

3. Jean-Gabriel Eynard

Jean-Gabriel Eynard was one of the first Swiss people to use the daguerreotype photography technique. He created numerous self-portraits in the 1840s making him one of the pioneers of the modern-day selfie.

Jean-Gabriel Eynard’s self-portraits dating back to 1847 (left), 1851 (middle), and 1853 (right). Image Credit: Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Wikipedia

4. Henri-Jacques-Edouard Evenepoel

Henri-Jacques-Edouard Evenepoel was a Belgian artist whose self-portrait using a mirror dates back to 1897-1898.

Henri Evenepoel, the Belgian painter taking a selfie in 1898. Image Credit: New York Post

5. Hannah Maynard

Hannah Maynard used an exposure trick in photography to give the impression that there are many of her in her self-portraits. These multiple-exposure self-portraits were created by her around 1893.

Five shots of Hannah Maynard in one frame using multiple exposures (1893). Image Credit: Wikipedia

6. Mirror Selfie

This unidentified woman’s “mirror selfie” was attributed to be taken in 1900. She used a box camera to take the selfie. This photo was scanned from the original 4×5 inch glass negative.

Unidentified woman taking a mirror selfie using a Kodak box camera dating back to 1900. Image Credit: Wikipedia

7. Harold Cazneaux, an Australian photographer, is known to have created some of the most memorable images of the 20th-century. He was a master of self-portraits too.

Self-portrait of Harold Cazneaux (1904). Image Credit: Art Gallery NSW
Harold Cazneaux’s self-portraits taken in 1910 (left) and 1937 (right). Image Credit: New York Post, National Portrait Gallery

8. Joseph Byron was a British photographer. His selfie dates back to the 1900s.

Joseph Byron’s self-portrait that dates back to 1910-1920. Image Credit: Wikipedia

9. Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna in 1914 took a photographic self-portrait using a mirror and Kodak Brownie box camera. She must have been the first teen to take a selfie!

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna mirror-selfies. On the right, she is with her sister Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna. (1914 and 1915) Image Credit: Wikipedia, Facebook

10. This is a photograph probably taken between 1913 and 1918. The photo was taken by a crewman of the German DFW C.V aircraft, the one in the picture, with the help of a camera attached to the wing strut.

A crewman of a German DFW C.V aircraft takes a picture with a camera attached to a wing strut during World War I. (1913-1918) Image Credit: Wikipedia

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