Self-portraits and social media: The rise of the ‘selfie’

From article: There’s a mania for sharing self-taken photographs online. But why? asks Charissa Coulthard.

The first self-portrait photograph is thought to have been taken by camera pioneer Robert Cornelius in 1839, but whether or not it’s a true “selfie” is debatable….

A search on photo sharing app Instagram retrieves over 23 million photos uploaded with the hashtag #selfie, and a whopping 51 million with the hashtag #me.

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