What is a selfie? A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a smartphone or camera, and shared via social media.
The world’s first selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius, an American inventor, in 1839. Cornelius was a daguerreotypist, and he took his self-portrait by removing the lens cap from his camera, running into frame, and sitting for a minute before replacing the lens cap and running back out of frame. The resulting image is the world’s first selfie.
Cornelius’ selfie was met with mixed reactions. Some people were fascinated by it, while others were horrified. One critic called it “the most disgusting thing I have ever seen.”
Despite the mixed reactions, Cornelius’ selfie paved the way for the modern-day selfie. Now, selfies are a common sight on social media, and they show no signs of going away anytime soon.
So, next time you take a selfie, remember that you’re following in the footsteps of history’s first selfie-taker, Robert Cornelius.