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Behind the Lens - Selfies

"Selfies" — the contemporary, social media hobby of taking arm-length self-portraits, are simply a more portable and accessible act of photography that has been practiced since the invention of the daguerreotype in the 19th century. This photo gallery includes both old and contemporary examples of the art of the selfie, including Journal-World reader-submitted selfies.

In what is considered one of the earliest self-portraits, Robert Cornelius creates a daguerreotype of a head-and-shoulders photo of himself, facing front, with arms crossed in 1839. Public Domain

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