The "selfie" is a casual self-portrait photograph, usually taken with a front-facing camera on a smartphone or a digital camera. They are most often shared through social networks and have become so common that it is rare to have not heard of them.
Although the term "selfie" is relatively new — it was only added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 — the idea of taking a photograph of yourself by holding the camera in front of you is most certainly not new.
The first known selfie was produced by Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography. He created a daguerreotype of himself in 1839. Not only is it the first known selfie, but it's also one of the first photographs taken of a person...ever.
Because the process was slow, Robert was able to uncover the lens, run into the shot for a minute or more, and then replace the lens cap. The photo is labeled on the back as "The first light Picture ever taken. 1839."
An Australian 5-year-old has started her modelling career early - as a work of art for her father’s photography project.
Australian photographer Bill Gekas has taken the typical family portrait to another level by recreating famous paintings using his daughter as the model.
When thinking about old times, we remember past decades by the styles and the fashion trends that were prevalent.
I remember frizzy hair and jean jackets in the 80s, and the slicked-back hair of the 90s. But what if I had been around in the Roaring 20s? What would I have looked like in a flapper dress with a feather in my hair?
What better way to capture your favorite family moments than with an annual photo?
That’s what American photographer Nicholas Nixon has done since 1975 when he took a picture of his wife and her three sisters, beginning an annual tradition that lasted 36 years.
Each year, the Brown sisters – Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie – all posed in the same order in for the photo.
Mimi, the youngest, was only 15 in the first picture, and the oldest, Bebe, was 61 in the last photo taken in 2010. Find the full photo collection here.
Photographs are an excellent way to bring family history to life over the years, and bring back precious memories. An annual photo documents your loved ones and becomes a timeless piece of history.
Don’t forget that preserving those family memories online is important as a way to share those images with future generations. They are an important way to capture family history and to help in your family research.
Join our global campaign to preserve your family heritage and upload your photos today.
What do you think of this idea? Would you do it with your siblings or other members of your families?
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Photography is a great way to document our ancestors and to learn more about who they are, even just from their portraits.
Since the late-19th century, photography has become much more accessible and affordable for middle class families, yet taking a photo back then was a very different experience from today's.
Two centuries ago, there were no “instant” photos. Those posing for photographs had to remain in position - patiently - for five minutes to get the perfect image.
What's the relationship between our history and our daily reality?
Each day we walk by our local store, our neighbor's place or the park, without realizing the stories from the past that existed in those same places many years before.
While we often think of history as antique, irrelevant and something out of the past, it can just as easily be intertwined with the present.
Imagine what it would look like if the ghosts of World War II came back to the streets today. That’s what Dutch historian Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse shows through her Ghosts of War photo series.
University of Delaware professor Debra Hess Norris is chair of the Department of Art Conservation and offers some tips to save damaged photos.
An expert on photograph preservation, Norris - and her colleagues and students - are hoping to provide the public with advice and resources. They have event set up an email address for questions. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Save My Photograph,” and the team will provide recommendations.
“It’s about giving people who have had to deal with so much some hope and guidance for saving photographs that are precious to them,” Norris says. “In many cases, water-damaged photographs can be saved.”
In 1903, the Lumière brothers patented autochrome, the first technique for producing colour photographs.
Not long after the technology’s release, Albert Kahn, a Franco-Jewish financier-turned-philanthropist, set about creating a photographic record of the entire world. He sent photographers to every continent, and they returned with reels of film and photographs. By the end of Kahn’s project in 1931, he had amassed 180,000 metres of film and more than 72,000 autochrome photographic plates. He called the collection ‘Archives of the Planet’.