The Consecration of the Selfie: A Cultural History

  • André Gunthert


The term “selfie” corresponds to a recent process of identifying a set of photo or video reflexive practices, related to the emergence of an aesthetic of subjectivity. Exploring the articulation between autonomy of shooting and participation in the action, as well as the take-off produced by conversational uses, this chapter shows that a media controversy triggered this phenomenon. In 2013, the denunciation of the narcissistic character of self-representation or disrespect of values and norms presents the selfie as a subculture. This condemnation led to a response of adhering to a gesture then identified as an impertinent and progressive signature. Contributing to its promotion, the controversy consecrated the selfie as a cultural form and imposed it as the photographic practice most representative of contemporary visual expression.


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  • André Gunthert
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  1. 1.Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)ParisFrance

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