10 stunning selfies that have made history

By Mashable

It might have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary only in 2013, but the “selfie” has always been an important form of expression in art history.

From Rembrandt to Frida Kahlo, the often-derided self-portrait has had endless creative potential, which has now found its perfect medium in the very mundane smartphone.

An exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery, entitled “From Selfie to Self-Expression”, explores our relationship with the selfie, looking at its history and the differences with the past art masters.

In what is probably a world first, Van Gogh and David Beckham, Picasso and Kim Kardashian coexist in the same gallery space.

While smartphones epitomise the selfie as a form of communication for everyone, Stanley Kubrick and George Harrison were already experimenting with taking pictures of themselves.

Saatchi Gallery Chief Executive Nigel Hurst told Reuters that modern-day selfies are different because they show “how we would like the world to see us, rather than how we are and who we are.”

“It’s no coincidence… that most selfies are shot in pretty exotic locations, on holiday when people are experiencing things that are away from their humdrum, mundane lives,” he said. “It’s not about sharing our humanity, it’s about really sharing a version of our identity that we would like people to believe.”

Here’s a quick roundup of the exhibition’s best selfies:

1. Van Gogh self portrait from 1889

IMAGE: SAATCHI GALLERY

2. George Harrison taking a selfie in front of the Taj Mahal in 1966

IMAGE: (C) HARRISON FAMILY ESTATE

3. Chuck Close Big Self-Portrait, 1967-1968

IMAGE: SAATCHI GALLERY

4. Frida Khalo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

 

5. Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s selfie with Obama and David Cameron

 

IMAGE: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

6. Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez

 

IMAGE: SAATCHI GALLERY

7. Barbara Kinney’s photo of a mass selfie at Hillary Clinton campaign

 

IMAGE: BARBARA KINNEY/HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN

8. Cinzia Osele Bismarck with the moon jellyfish a.k.a. the world’s most dangerous selfie

 

IMAGE: SAATCHI GALLERY

9. Juno Calypso’s The Honeymoon Suite

 

IMAGE: IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND TJ BOULTING GALLERY, LONDON

10. Benedict Cumberbatch photobombing U2

 

IMAGE: REUTERS

  

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