The Selfie: Self-Love or Self-Centeredness?

In 1839, photography enthusiast Robert Cornelius took a self-portrait in Philadelphia using a method of early photography called daguerreotypy. While his picture was obviously not taken with a mobile phone and probably required him to hold still for several minutes, Cornelius had unwittingly taken the first known selfie.

A sepia-toned photograph of a young man in a dark coat.
Robert Cornelius takes the first recorded selfie in 1839. | Credit: Wikipedia

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