In the time of upgraded I Phones and tilting LCD viewers new awareness of the “self portrait” is upon us.
“This really represents the shift of the photograph serving as a memorial function to a communication device,” said Geoffrey Batchen, formerly of the City University of New York and now a professor of art history at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, who has written extensively on historical and contemporary photography. “The camera was used to record something that happened so it could be remembered. Now it’s used immediately. It’s uploaded to Facebook to say, ‘Here I am in Istanbul’ or whatever, so it also goes back and forth between personal and promotional use. It really represents the refashioning of the self for a semipublic view.”
Check out this thoughtful article by David Colman: NY Times