The First Ever “Selfie”

Robert Cornelius 1839 Self-portrait

The picture considered by many to be the first photographic portrait ever taken was a “selfie”. The image in question was taken in 1839 by an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia named Robert Cornelius. Cornelius had set his camera up at the back of the family store in Philadelphia. He took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again.

On the back he wrote “The first light picture ever taken.”

Photo by Robert Cornelius (1839)

Io + Gatto

Photographs of Wanda Wulz are extremely rare, as in the late 1930s she turned to portrait painting.


WANDA WULZ ‘Io + Gatto’ (Selbstporträt / Self-portrait), 1932

Wanda Wulz was na italian experimental photographer.

One great example of her works is the self-portrait merged with a portrait of a cat. She created this striking composite by printing two negatives—one of her face, the other of the family cat—on a single sheet of photographic paper, evoking by technical means the seamless conflation of identities that occurs so effortlessly in the world of dreams. 

Io + Gatto (Self-portrait) (1932)