Friday, August 26, 2022

The Commerce of Selfies

A review of the showcase of vanity that is the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Selfie to Self-Expression’ exhibition

 

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The first ever ‘selfie’ was supposedly taken on the roof of the Marceau studio on Fifth Avenue in New York. Featuring a photographer named Joseph Byron and his colleagues, the image was captured in December 1920 and now, an exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery examines the story of what has become a modern day social phenomenon.

 

The Commerce of Selfies – Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery – A review of the showcase of vanity that is the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Selfie to Self-Expression’ exhibition. Open until 30th May 2017.
The first ever selfie

 

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Aside from images of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 American election and lookalikes of the British royal family by Alison Jackson, this exhibition – sponsored rather appropriately by a mobile phone manufacturer plainly desperate to get its product into the public eye in England named Huawei – features everything from selfies taken with selfie sticks to selfies taken underwater. It is an array of ridiculousness and most definitely a display of extreme vanity that is present here, but with opportunities for visitors to participate, it is also something that anyone except a true killjoy will have a little fun with.

 

The word ‘selfie’ was announced as the Oxford English Dictionary “word of the year” in 2013 and subsequently, Business Insider, published a story that referenced selfies of groups as “usies”. Huawei Technologies, it transpires, trademarked the word “groufie” around the same time and thus it’s no wonder they managed to cut a deal with the ever-so-commercial Charles Saatchi.

 

‘Selfie to Self-Expression’ is on display at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Headquarters, Kings Road, London, SW3 4RY until 30th May. The exhibition is free and open seven days a week, 10am to 6pm.

 

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The Commerce of Selfies – Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery – A review of the showcase of vanity that is the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Selfie to Self-Expression’ exhibition. Open until 30th May 2017.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Why didn’t they include the one of the bigot baron and his chum? That would be a sight worth exhibiting.

  2. Wish I were in London to see this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like a lorra lorra fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love a selfie with Teresa May as she is going to MAKE GREAT BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN and one with I need one some hot chicks too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I was nearly decapitated by a Japanese with a selfie stick outside Harrods. I was not amused and am lucky not to have been worse bruised.

    • I bet the idiot running away from the bull got his moment! Those horns look like they will fit up his Khyber Pass very nicely, ouch!

  4. I think Andy Warhol was one of the grandfathers of selfies. Of course, he did it in an artistic manner, unlike most people today.

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