Shooting oneself qualifies as suicide no? Well not when you use a camera. Here is a collection of photographer self-portraits to help us discover the man or woman behind the lens.
Probably, the best known camera self portraitist is Cindy Sherman; the woman we’ve seen in a thousand and one guises and then some. The chameleoness as I like to call her, has reinvented herself over and over but what about the other well known photographers who seldom place themselves in front of a camera lens? What do they look like? I think it’s interesting to find out how, for example, Willy Ronis or Diane Arbus looked.
Willy Ronis liked to keep both hands occupied…
Diane Arbus brought her daughter into the picture.
Below is a collection of a few self-portraits I came across for our collective enjoyment. Which one’s your favourite? I think mine’s the Kertesz one although Helmut Newton’s which includes a model and his wife June is also pretty cool.
Mapplethorpe shot lots of full frontal nudes but when it came to himself he preferred his hand to his other body parts…
I think Helmut is making a point to let us know that June was there all along keeping an eye on him.
In the words of Lady Gaga: “Show me some teeth”
Doesn’t he just look like he’s holding an iPhone?
My favourite without a shadow of a doubt (excuse the pun).
He’s sexy and he knows it. Enough said.
It’s all about the hair for Richard it seems!
Have you ever shot a self portrait? What does it look like? Why not post a link to it underneath here as a comment? I’m thinking of putting together a collection of lomographer self portraits and then writing about them. Help me out. Post a link. Thanks!