Book-From Selfie to Self-Expression

juan pablo echeverri
Juan Pablo Echeverri, miss fotojapón

Juan Pablo Echeerri, a collection of ID photos taken from photoboots. Althought the person in the photos is the same one, but the quality of the photo paper, the style of hair and costume, all makes him look so different.

It’s an exhibition catalogue for Saatchi Gallery. I did not go to this exhibition, but it has much information of western artists on it.

“Artists were the first selfie-takes because they were the only creatives in the past who could actually do them. What is now easy used to be difficult. Before the advent of smartphones and mirror functions, only those who could paint and draw to a high standard were capable of preserving a convincing likeness. Not only did you need to stare into a mirror for hours, wrestling with your own reality, but you needed also to say something meaningful. Looking like you was never enough. (p18, Januszczak, 2017)

Nowadays, through the technology, everyone can do it. Just click, few seconds, no need to spend hours and stand still. The moment you are laughing is sincere, no need to make too much effort.

Note: great portrait artists from the past(from the book):

Parmigianino, self-portrait in a convex mirror

Diego Velázquez, las meninas

Rembrandt Van Rijm, Self-portrait

Vincent Van Gogh, self-portrait

Pablo Picasso, self-portrait

Egon Schiele, self-portrait


Cindy Sherman

Tracey Emin




He is famous for his interactive art by using mirrors. It’s like CCTV but present the images in various material like mood, pumpum, toys…The “reflection" has become very obscure.

“The self-portrait" is unlikely any other form of portrait. It appears to offer an insight into the way an artist sees themselves or wishes to be seen and at the same time it is an artwork that, by its very nature, involves the viewer in an intriguing game of looking." p.45 Roberto Marrone

“Multiple personalities, doppelgangers and alter-egos also play out a major part in the self-representation of many ther twentieth century German artist: Ludwig Meidner, George Grosz, Otto Dix, later Sigmar Polk and Martin Kippenberger." p.45 Roberto Marrone


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