• Cart is Empty


Aug 01, 2017 at 12:24

Selfie was OxfordDictionaries.com’s word of the year for the 2013. We take a look at the evolution of the concept over the years.

1839: Robert Cornelius, an American Photographer, clicked a self portrait. The first  known self portrait in history.

1900: Kodak Brownie Box Camera was launched, allowing more people to take a self portrait, by fixing the camera on a tripod and taking the shot using a mirror.

1914: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, 13, became the first teenager to click a self portrait.

1970s: New Instant Cameras became popular. Because of Instant results, many youngsters started clicking self portraits.

1990s: Mr Bean, the famous fictional character, presented the concept of self portrait in many of his episodes, clicking his own pic while driving etc.

2002: The first use of the word SELFIE. On 13th September Karl Kruszelnicki posted on “Dr Karl Self-Serve Science Forum” : “Um, ………, it was a selfie”

2003: The Sony Ericsson Z1010 mobile phone introduced the concept of front-facing cameras. First mobile that allowed people to take selfie easily.

2012: Yeong-Ming Wang filed a patent for a “multi-axis omni-directional shooting extender”, the modern selfie-stick.

2013: The very famous Oxford Dictionary declared “Selfie” as word of the year.

2014 and onwards: The much talked about, oscar selfie was clicked and posted. The pic was re-tweeted over 3 million times. This propagated the idea of groupie.

Companies like OPPO mobiles started making selfie specialised cameras.

Shivam Gopal Periwal

Student- Reporter