A short history on selfies

December 15, 2013  •  2 Comments

According to Wikipedia: "A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone, and is usually taken in a slightly tilted manner. Selfies are often associated with social networking. In the Korean entertainment industry the word selca (short for "self camera") means photos taken of oneself. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm's length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus."

Selfies have recently become a rage in social networks and among celebrities. However, the history of selfies is rather long with the first known selfie shot already in 1839 by Robert Cornelius, see http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/see-worlds-first-selfie-taken-2943533. I have been playing around with Leica selfies for quite some time now - I believe I shot the first ones back in 1997-1998.  Whenever I acquire new cameras or lenses a selfie has become a mandatory step in evaluating the new equipment. Below follows a few selfies from my own collection.

Leica M6 0.85 with Noctilux-M 1.0 selfie (1999):

Leica M6 0.85 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. selfie (1999):

Leica R9 with APO-Summicron-R 90mm ASPH. selfie (2003):

Leica M8 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. selfie (2007):

Leica M8.2 with APO-Summicron-M 75mm selfie (2009):

Leica M8.2 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. selfie (2010):

Leica M8.2 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. macho selfie (2010):

Leica M8.2 with Summilux-M 35mm ASPH. Prague late nightclub selfie (2010):

Apple iPhone 4 so in love selfie (2012):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 35mm ASPH. FLE first light selfie (2012):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 50mm ASPH. first light selfie (2012):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 35mm ASPH. FLE family on the train selfie (2013):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 50mm ASPH. Litepanel selfie (2013):

Leica M 240 with Summicron 75mm ASPH. selfie (2013):

Leica M 240 EVF with Noctilux-M 50mm 0.95 ASPH. Canary Islands selfie (2013):


Comments

Arne Helme Photography
Pretty real i would say
Tage Stabell-Kulø(non-registered)
On the "Leica M8.2 with APO-Summicron-M 75mm selfie", the in front of the focus is not so nice as the behind. Is that real or just some artifact?
In any case: Good collection, and yoru hair-style has improved over the years :-)
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