Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

The very word "selfie" came into use after a smartphone appeared in the pocket of everyone you meet. But taking pictures of yourself, of course, began long before that. The first selfie in the world is considered to be a picture of the photographer Robert Cornelius, which he took in Philadelphia in 1839. The American used an improved daguerreotype plate, which reduced the exposure time: Robert only stood still for five minutes. 

With the development of photography, the need for such self-torture disappeared, but until the gadgets with a front-facing camera were invented, the selfie remained not too popular genre. The more interesting it is to look at the self-portraits made by celebrities of the past. These selfies are much more diverse than modern ones.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Photo by Robert Cornelius. It is preserved in the American Library of Congress.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining. Jack Nicholson obviously thought he was being photographed. 1980.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Rowan Atkinson, 1987.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Marilyn Monroe with her friend, 1962.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Frank Sinatra, 1930s.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Stanley Kubrick again. Perhaps his most famous photograph, 1949.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, 1966.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Paul McCartney and his family, 1969.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, 1992.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

George Harrison, 1966.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, 1954.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Michael Jackson, 1996.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Sophia Loren and the famous photographer Richard Avedon, 1960.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Madonna, 1982.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

American singer Stevie Nicks, 1970s.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

John Lennon, 1967.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

American photojournalist Terry Fincher, born in 1966.

Vintage Celebrity Selfies Taken before It became Mainstream

Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott on the set of The Big Lebowski, 1998.

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