Who invented the selfie?

Published on March 11, 2022 Leave a comment
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The selfie became well-known all over the world and was declared by Oxford Dictionaries as a word in 2013. Over time, mankind came to love this concept so much to the point of obsession, managing to worry some psychologists and researchers who would consider classifying the behavior of taking too many selfies as a psychological disorder or even a mental illness. Although this technique seems relatively new, it is older than you’d think, dating back to the 1800s when the first selfie of mankind was realized.

Who made the first selfie in the world?

The American photographer Robert Cornelis was the person that created the first selfie in the world in 1839.  Also known as an investor and businessman, Robert Cornelius successfully run two of the earliest photographic studios in the United States and was only 30 years old when he managed to photograph his self-image.

Photographic self-portrait by Robert Cornelius, 1839

Photographic self-portrait by Robert Cornelius, 1839 – Source

How did he manage to take his own selfie in the 1800s?

Robert Cornelius managed to create the first selfie by using the first commercially successful photographic process of Louis Jacques Daguerre called the Daguerreotype, but at the same time, he applied another process by first taking the image with the lens cap uncovered, then running in the frame for over a minute and covering the lens again.

Who invented the selfie word?

According to the Oxford Dictionaries, a young Australian was responsible for inventing the word selfie while former prime minister Kevin Rudd helped make the word extremely popular in Australia in 2012.

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Who made selfies popular?

The selfie concept was first popular in Japan in 1990, when Sasaki Miho came up with the idea to create the so-called Purikura, which was actually a photo sticker booth with a front camera, a computer, and a color printer. The most attractive feature of Purikura was that everyone could choose their own light effect, borders, icons, backdrops, and even text font.

In Europe and the United States of America, the concept of selfies appeared after the 2000s with the emergence of social networks such as Myspace or Facebook, but the popularity of the concept grew only after 2010.

Extra: The first selfie taken in space

Buzz Aldrin takes the glory for the first selfie taken in space during one of his mission in 1966.

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Buzz Aldrin took the first EVA selfie in 1966 - The first selfie taken in space

Buzz Aldrin took the first EVA selfie in 1966 – Source

The first selfie taken on Mars

The first selfie taken on Mars - Who invented the selfie - Demo

This computer simulation shows NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover taking its first selfie, on April 6, 2021. The point of view of the rover’s WATSON camera is included to show how each of the 62 images were taken before being sent to Earth and stitched together into the selfie.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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