Self portraiture is a photographic element which has been around since the invention of photography and before that it would be replicated in paintings.
However, self portraiture has taken a new turn within the 21st century with the use of ‘selfies’ escalating quickly as technology becomes more pronounced and inevitable in everyday life.
I researched into the use of self portraiture throughout the years, looking at different styles and photographers who have made a difference to how self portraiture has changed.
“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” – Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier’s work is a perfect example of self portraiture and also how the use of self portraiture has influenced the modern day phenomenon of ‘selfies’. in Vivian’s work she has captured herself through the use of mirrors, windows and anything else that could reflect her own image.
The above image is a perfect example of how her photography has influenced the modern day images that are all over the internet today. In this image Vivian can be seen taking an image of herself in front of a reflective window, but you are able to see the camera very clearly, a process which many people use today to gain an image of themselves. This technique is used throughout modern society with celebrities across the globe copying the style of Vivian Maier. An example of this is below with pop sensation Miley Cyrus copying the same method of in mirror portraiture.
Other examples of Vivian’s work are as below.
As you can see a lot of Vivian’s work was processed in black and white; however the occasional colour image was produced as well.