While upon first glance, Cornelius' 19th century blue-steel pic may seem like the cut-and-dry answer for the first selfie, to some, the methods and mediums pose questions. Must selfies be taken by a handheld camera? Does the fact that he ran into frame disqualify this image? What about other mediums? Paint, perhaps? By that logic, could one argue that painters with likely self-portraits like say, Jan Van Eyck in the 1400s are the art form's true forefathers? What about other drawings? Scribbles on ancient notepads? To encompass it all, what does it mean to document one's existence or one's form? In essence, to answer the question of the first selfie, would be to answer what it means to exist.
Someday, with more time, energy, and access to historians and philosophers, we'll delve into that. But first, let us all take a selfie.
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