The Sensational Selfies History Will Never Forget

By Robin Mei - November 22, 2016
Credits: The future director of The Shining and A Clockwork Orange practices his framing.

Buzz Aldrin Takes Outer Space's First Selfie

Credits: Trying to take the picture from Gemini's window didn't do the view any justice, so Aldrin took it the next level. Image: Buzz Aldrin / Wikimedia Commons

Buzz Aldrin is a former made history with the famous 1969 walk on the Moon, but unlike his colleague, Neil Armstrong, he wasn’t the first one to step out of the Lunar Module “Eagle.”

However, there is another “first” that belongs to Buzz Aldrin and that’s the first selfie ever taken in space.

It was November 12, 1966, and Aldrin was on his first journey to space with the Gemini 12 mission when he saw this breathtaking view of Earth and took advantage of the opportunity.

Source: How Buzz Aldrin took the first selfie in space

The Oscar Pic That Blew up the Internet

Credits: This is what happens when good-looking rich people hang out together on television and there's an open bar.

This legendary Oscar selfie was taken during the 2014 ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

The “official” photo credit goes to Bradley Cooper who was holding the camera, but the acknowledgments for creative initiative certainly belong to Ellen.

DeGeneres ran down into the audience and rounded up some of the world’s biggest movie stars for the pic. The moment she posted it on Twitter, people went crazy over it and retweeted the photo more than three million times.

Source: Oscars Selfie

The Kennedy Style

Credits: Looking good is only half the battle — you still need a camera and a mirror to put it on public record.

When former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy snapped this on-the-fly mirror shot in the early 1960s, she didn’t just capture the moment — she captured an era.

Seen here in 1954 with sister-in-law Ethel and hubby John, Ms. Kennedy and her photographic frame mates demonstrate the family style that always seemed to come naturally to the Kennedys.

Imagine being the photo lab that had the honor of developing this time capsule!

Source: We Found A Jacqueline Kennedy Selfie From 60 Years Ago And It’s Everything You’d Expect

Some Selfies Are All About Monkeying Around

Credits: Naruto might be the best photographer the jungle has ever seen.

This photo was taken by a Celebes crested macaque on Sulawesi, an Indonesian island. 

Photographer David Slater was working there on his new wildlife project and accidentally left his camera unattended when a group of macaque monkeys invaded the area and made a mess of his campsite.

It turned out that one of them, now known as Naruto, took the camera and made a whole series of crazy funny photos, including this selfie.

Source: No monkey business here: The monkey selfie copyright case is over — for now

Andy Warhol's Self-portrait no. 9

Credits: Warhol used a Polaroid camera, acrylic polymer paint and silk screen printing to achieve this look.

The father of pop art, Andy Warhol was also a huge fan of self-portraits. He was a truly avant-garde artist who liked to experiment with various techniques, mediums and themes, often using his own image as the main subject of his work.

This particular image is named Self-portrait no. 9. It belongs to a broader series known as the Camouflage Self-Portraits, completed two months before his passing in 1986.

Sources: Self-portrait no. 9, Camouflage Self-Portrait

Robert Cornelius' Picture Wasn't Glamorous, But it was the First

Credits: Cornelius doesn't look too thrilled for having just made photographic history. Image: Library of Congress

This photograph might be the first selfie ever taken. It shows Robert Cornelius, a pioneering American photographer who was interested in the new technology behind the daguerreotype.

This first commercially successful photographic process was developed by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, who revealed his discoveries a few months before Cornelius made his iconic self-portrait, back in 1839.

Cornelius got an idea to take his crudely improvised camera outside to ensure proper lighting and ran in front of it. Voila — the selfie was born. 

Sources: Pioneering Photographer Robert Cornelius Credited With World’s First Selfie c. 1839, What is a daguerreotype?

Vincent van Gogh's Painted Selfie

Credits: When you can't afford to pay for the models, as van Gogh couldn't, you paint yourself.

Painter Vincent van Gogh can also be considered one of the first selfies trendsetters in the history of self-portraiture. This Dutch artist made over 30 self-portraits in just three years.

“Self-Portrait as a Painter” was done in Paris as van Gogh’s last work in the ‘City of Light.’

Unlike the bright capital in which the painting was created, this work brings out a rather gloomy character of the weary artist who was both mentally and physically exhausted.

Sources: Self-Portrait as a Painter, Vincent Van Gogh: Self-portraits

Frank Sinatra's Mirror Image

Credits: Sinatra might be known by some for this particular photo, but after his passing his granddaughter found dozens more like it.

This image is a selfie made decades before the ‘selfie era.’

It shows a young man with a camera in his hand facing a bathroom mirror. The young fella’s name? Frank Sinatra, and he’s the man who always liked to do things his way, even when taking a photo.

This picture was captured in 1938. Sinatra was 23 at the time and he was passionate not only about music but photography too.

Source: A Young Frank Sinatra Took Some Pretty Damn COOL Selfies Back in 1938

The Surrealistic Selfie

Credits: Beksiński took his beginnings as a photographer in the war and turned the medium upside down to keep it interesting.

Zdzisław Beksiński is recognized for his work as a surrealist painter and sculptor, but he shared an equal passion for photography, especially throughout the ‘50s.

His humble photographic beginnings are tied to his hometown of Sanok, Poland, where he used to take pictures with his Icorett Zeiss camera during the war.

He continued to work and experiment with cameras but decided to stop in 1959, simply because the medium was one he felt he had exhausted to the point it no longer interested him.

Source: Foto Beksiński – New Album of Rare Photographs

Director Stanley Kubrick Gets His Close-Up

Credits: The future director of The Shining and A Clockwork Orange practices his framing.

This image was taken by director Stanley Kubrick with his Leica III camera in 1949, and it shows the future filmmaker at the age of 21 staring into a mirror and posing for a photo that would one day become almost as famous as he was.

It might sound surprising, but at that time, Kubrick was a journalistic photographer who was working for Look magazine. He switched his career a couple of years later, but his passion for photography never ceased.

Sources: Stanley Kubrick, 1949(22/47), 1949 Chicago by Stanley Kubrick