In a celebration of self-portraits in the social media age, two American artists, Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov opened the Museum of Selfies recently in Los Angeles – an interactive exhibition exploring the history and cultural phenomenon of snapping a photo of yourself.
为了纪念社交媒体时代下的自拍艺术，两位美国艺术家——汤米•洪顿（Tommy Honton）和泰尔•马米多夫（Tair Mamedov）近日在洛杉矶成立了一所“自拍博物馆”。这所博物馆采用互动式展览的方式，探索自拍的历史渊源和文化现象。
The exhibition begins with mirrors, perhaps the most basic kind of selfie. But Honton and Mamedov view the concept as something more than just a simple photo.
Wandering through the museum, guests will be able to pose with Colette Miller's "Angel Wings" and a work by Darel Carey, who creates multi-dimensional rooms using plastic tape – a concept the museum describes as a "selfie magnet".
漫步于博物馆之中，参展者能欣赏到科莱•特米勒（Colette Miller）创作的《天使之翼》以及达雷尔•凯里（Darel Carey）利用塑料磁带创作的多维空间，博物馆形容凯里的创作为“自拍吸铁石”。
"The selfies have a surprisingly rich history, and go back as far as people have been making art," Honton explains. "Rembrandt did hundreds of self-portraits, Albrecht Durer five, Van Gogh dozens. I mean they did their portraits too, what's the difference?" he said.
The Museum of Selfies will be open in Glendale initially for two months. Its founders are open to extending its LA run and taking the exhibition to other places around the US, if not the world.
The History of Selfies
Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography, produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839 which is also one of the first photographs of a person. Because the process was slow he was able to uncover the lens, run into the shot for a minute or more, and then replace the lens cap.
The debut of the portable Kodak Brownie box camera in 1900 led to photographic self-portraiture becoming a more widespread technique. The method was usually by mirror and stabilizing the camera either on a nearby object or on a tripod while framing via a viewfinder at the top of the box.
The introduction of cell phones with front-facing cameras instantly accelerated the popularity of selfies. Users can take as many photos as they wish and share their favorite ones online through social media. By 2013, the word "selfie" had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
compulsory: adj. 义务的；强制的
daguerreotype: n. 银板照相
tripod: n. 三脚架