The intimacy of selfies

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©Clara Brack, women in pink, Ankor Watt 2016

Tegu Cole on selfies: “It’s funny, in the past three weeks or so, I’ve started taking selfies. Never of myself, but often with fans (using their phones) or of people I admire, people that I’m a fan of. There’s a lot to be said about narcissism in our culture, but a group selfie is actually a good way of taking a picture. “If your pictures are not good enough, you’re not close enough,” Robert Capa, the war photographer, once said. Well, arms have a maximum length. All the portraits taken by selfies are close, faces often fill the frame, and that’s an unexpected form of intimacy. My larger point is that new technologies and new forms of communication are only as good or as bad as the uses to which we put them, and they can open us up to unanticipated languages of experience. I feel that to give new things the benefit of the doubt is a form of generosity.”

(from here) 

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