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Subject: Self Portraits and Selfies

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This is a sampling of photographic self-portraits. 

Professional and amateur photographers have been turning the camera on themselves since photography started.  There are a number of strategies and tools that professional and amateur photographers have used, including mirrors, cable releases, timing devices, and simply turning the camera around at arm's length.  Cell phones now allow almost effortless self-portraits, known as "selfies."  

Keywords: self-portrait, self portrait, selfie, bulb release, string release, timed portrait, cable release, reflection in mirror

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NMAH Photographic History Collection

Daguerreotype self-portrait of Henry Fitz Jr.

National Museum of American History

Walter J. Hussey - Self Portrait 1889

National Museum of American History

Real photo postcard of men on a camping trip

National Museum of American History

Salomon with Ermanox Camera in Doorway

National Museum of American History

Self-portrait, NY 1968, Andy Warhol's Factory

National Museum of American History

Self Portrait

National Museum of American History

Self-Portrait on Geary St. San Francisco 1958

National Museum of American History

Self-portrait of three people lying on grass

National Museum of American History

Annie, Self Portrait

National Museum of American History

"Self-Portrait"

National Museum of American History

"Self-Portrait"

National Museum of American History

"Self-Portrait"

National Museum of American History

"Self-Portrait"

National Museum of American History

A Self Portrait

National Museum of American History

Self-Portrait: Kosti Ruohomaa

National Museum of American History

Selfie of shirtless African-American man

National Museum of American History

Self Portrait in bathroom mirror with Lecia M3

National Museum of American History

Hillotype self-portrait of Reverend Levi L. Hill

National Museum of American History

Pirie Macdonald

National Museum of American History

O.G. Rejlander in Garibaldi Uniform

National Museum of American History

Self Portrait with developed film

National Museum of American History

Photographer in a multi-way mirror

National Museum of American History

Carol Lee Cooper

National Museum of American History

Man and his reflection in the mirror

National Museum of American History