The Art History of the Selfie | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

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29 Replies to “The Art History of the Selfie | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios”

  1. I'm the kind of person that forgets photography as been around for quite a while. For some reason I see it has a new thing every time. Can't explain.

  2. I cannot help but feel that the reason that we dismiss selfies so easily as vain and superficial is that they are seen as the domain of young women, whose work and interests are always easyly dismissed.

  3. Anastasia (yes, that Anastasia) took this selfie in 1914

  4. I recently saw a bunch of works by Nan Goldin, including the Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and I really liked this quote by her: "There is a popular notion that the photographer is by nature a voyeur, the last one invited to the party. But I'm not crashing; this is my party. This is my family, my history."

  5. On the theme of selfies and art I thought of Noah Kalina's APicture of Himself Everyday, undoubtedly a clever and moving way of using selfies to narrate the passage of time.

  6. Before even watching, I'm posting my gut reaction to this title. A selfie is not art for the same reason your driver's license photo isn't art. You're torturing the term. I'll watch this later today, after I paint.

  7. Hey there! Would you ever consider doing a case for Banksy? My love for art is growing more and more with The Art Assignment and I think it would be a really interesting video to watch 🙂

  8. Thank you for providing several examples of photographic self-portraits and selfies as well as explicitly acknowledging the limitations of this short video as being a brief introduction to Western examples of these types of images. I loved seeing how these images could be as simple as technical experimentation or as complex as intersectionality.

  9. The opening sequence in the TV show selfie is worth a watch. It shows that selfie's have been around for awhile now.

  10. the invention of photography was the kicking in of the Constant Self-recording Mode. It eventually took the form of selfies with the handphone camera, a prosthesis allowing constant recording. And thanks for this great video, will use it in classes.

  11. This is beautiful and inspiring. I do a lot of self-portraits for a living and this drives me to improve.

  12. That's a brilliant video!!! I found myself googling every single one of the photographers to see what they did…. I had no interest in art before but this series of video opened my mind!!! Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job!!.❤❤❤

  13. I am the selfie king.

  14. Wonderful video presentation. I don't know why I paint selfies without me in them although I thoroughly enjoy the story process that develops from photo to canvas.

  15. Um, 1863? More like 1840s. Why would you say 1863?! I've been enjoying your channel, but it's really disappointing that you seem to be treating the history of clothing as if it's so unimportant that you can just make up totally inaccurate dates for fashion because it's not even worth bothering to look up.

    Also, wow, you really need to consider including some trigger warnings. I really wasn't expecting blood and self-harm, and now I might throw up, but I guess this is one way for you to try to be edgy? It's just really disappointing.

    this is so on point, I hate when people disregard how pretentious it is to try and dictate who gets to use technology to make art and who gets validation in human documentation. We all (or at least many of us) want to see ourselves and be seen in some way, and we shouldn’t tell others they can’t be artists just bc they’re not traditionally trained or whatever.

  17. This is the 1st video in this series that I disagree with. I think today's selfies by non-"artists" totally can be artistic, just as mass-produced art can have merit. But I think the aim and goal of artist's self-portraits is generally something other than self-aggrandizement, whereas most social-media selfies today are for self-aggrandizement and express a narrow range/scope of ideas and concepts- "look how bootylicious/cool/popular/give no fucks I am" or, "Look at me in this cool place"; The settings and poses tend to follow set trends (when's the last time you saw a duck-lips in recent months?) and evoke a narrow range of emotions and responses- thumbs up, thumbs down, heart, and various other feelings that can be distilled into an emoji. They don't make us think, they don't make us feel deeply, they don't evoke. If they do, then they are art. I should mention, that selfies are a deep and rich form of expression for me and I use them as a form of autobiography, a way to know and understand myself better, a kind of bio-feedback, a way to practice self-love and self-acceptance, which I find challenging, and a way to contribute to increasing representation of faces and bodies that are not conventionally attractive out into the world.

  18. Every photo class I have ever taken had one assignment for a self-portrait. These days cameras and phones are often designed with the selfie in mind. But fulfilling an assignment for a self-portrait requires (one would hope) more thought than just pointing the camera at yourself.

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