It didn't have the cringe-inducing moniker to go with it, but the first recorded photographic self-portrait was taken in 1839 by chemist and metallurgist Robert Cornelius—and it's one of the earliest human photographic portraits as well.
Photography often produces incredibly intimate results, but these self portraits by Erno-Erik Raitanen offer a different take—showing off his bacteria in fine detail.
Most of the times the classic MySpace self-portrait is trashy. Some times they're accidentally hilarious. With this Photoshop trick, they can be mind numbingly, body trippingly awesome. That's because it's a mirrored self-portrait of you... without the camera in the picture.
So you're with your pals, and you want an Adorable Group Shot™. No problem! Just have the ugliest friend take it. Or awkwardly point it towards yourselves, arm extended. Or hurl it into the air with a fisheye lens.
Did you look at this photo and assume, just like I did, that British-Canadian artist James Birkbeck used Photoshop to style himself as Vincent van Gogh? Often, the best trickery isn't computer-generated, but achieved with everyday-objects: in this case, make-up.
Be it oil painting or digital photography, the self-portrait has become one of the most fascinating motifs in art. Sometimes brazen, like Chuck Close's Big Self-Portrait, sometimes hidden, like Michelangelo's in The Crucifixion of St Peter...good self-portraiture is always fascinating.
Hey, it may not be a projector, but the 1.5-inch secondary LCD on these 12.2Mp point-and-shoots is pretty unique. Tap it and frame self-portraits, or play animations to capture kid's attention (and terrorize those with a fear of clowns).