This shot of five photographers (remember when that was a profession that only a few could enter?) on a New York City rooftop in 1920 might be the earliest instance we have of what would be considered a modern selfie. Self-referential meta-photography was born with the selfie itself, apparently, as there's also a shot of the photo being made:
How would you complete the following statement? "I am not my __." That is exactly what photographer Steve Rosenfield asks of his subjects in his recent project, "What I Be." Completing this statement requires us to reveal our deepest and most anxiety-triggering insecurities such as body image, disabilities, and abuse. The result of the project is an intimate analysis of the struggles that human beings have dealt with for ages.
A demonstration of a recent study has shown that people can be identified from the reflection of they human eye's pupil in photographs. The study showed that individuals could be identified correctly 71 percent of the time by those unfamiliar with the faces. For those familiar with the faces, the individuals could be identified correctly 84 percent of the time. The study was conducted by Dr. Rob Jenkins of the University of York and by Christie Kerr of the University of Glasgow.
Twenty cancer patients were invited to receive full makeovers that included hair and makeup. They were asked to keep their eyes shut through the transformation, and sit in front of a one way mirror. A photographer prepped on the other side of that mirror when they open their eyes, and what he captures is an amazing reaction that, if only for a brief moment, takes them out of the pain and suffering that cancer brings to their lives.
Photography is considered by to be one of the most important (and expensive) elements to a successful wedding. Capturing that perfect shot is something that is treasured for a lifetime. All that being said, there's no doubt that these wedding photographers got a little over zealous when they overstepped their boundaries in their pursuit of that shot of a lifetime.