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.
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.
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.
4. Henri-Jacques-Edouard Evenepoel
Henri-Jacques-Edouard Evenepoel was a Belgian artist whose self-portrait using a mirror dates back to 1897-1898.
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.
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.
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.
8. Joseph Byron was a British photographer. His selfie dates back to the 1900s.
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!
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.