The Museum of Selfies

Before dismissing selfies as entirely narcissistic or lowbrow, a quick reminder that this art form has a history that dates back 40,000 years and some of the most celebrated artists of all time created a lot of them—from Rembrandt to Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh and more. From 1 April to 31 May in LA, a pop-up exhibition about and for self-portraits—aptly named The …

Mastercard’s Pay with a Selfie Service Rolls Out

With their new Identity Check mobile app, credit card company Mastercard now offers an authentication option outside of pin numbers and thumbprint activation. As an alternative to the aforementioned options, a selfie (aka facial recognition technology) will complete online and app-based purchases. Users are required to blink when prompted, so a photo of a photo won’t work here. The service launched in 12 European countries …

Public / Private / Portrait

A new photo book of questioning faces curated by Mossless, made in collaboration with the International Center of Photography

Mossless was founded in 2009 by Romke Hoogwaerts as a digital platform for interviewing a different photographer every two days. It made the transition into the physical world in the form of artist-made publications, and their fourth issue—a thematic photo book titled “Public/Private/Portrait”—is currently raising money on Kickstarter to cover printing costs. It will complement the International Center of Photography‘s exhibition “Public, Private, Secret” in …

Hello! Selfie Miami

Like a real-life Tumblr page, artist, author and feminist Kate Durbin created “Hello!Selfie Miami,” a performance piece that occurred last week during Miami Art Week. The response to a man’s attack on Durbin’s piece about teen girls’s selfies manifested in a bunch of young women—dressed as mermaids and covered in Hello Kitty stickers—taking selfies for hours on end, with no interaction with their audience. Durbin …

Selfies Are More Deadly Than Sharks

The number of selfie-related deaths has grown to 12 this year, after a man fell down a set of stairs trying to photograph himself in front of the Taj Mahal. Shockingly, shark attacks have only caused eight deaths in 2015, making selfies 1.5 times more deadly than a creature that’s inspired horror movies and strikes fear into many. People have proven that they will go …