Photographic Self-Portraits as Reflections of the Self


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Photographic Self-Portraits as Reflections of the Self
Artists have a long history of depicting themselves in their own artworks during the Modern era. After all, artists are usually their most easily accessible models, available whenever they might need someone to pose for them. In addition, artists often want to create self-portraits to advertise themselves and their artistic abilities. Photography has a strong relationship with the idea of a heightened display of the self, in particular, because of its historical connections with the desire to present the “truth” of the world through both science and art (
16). I viewed the three black and white photographs I write about here at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in their...
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