The first self-portrait in 1893 may have marked the beginning of the selfie phenomenon

Selfies may have taken over social media over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they’re a new thing.

Technically speaking, one of the earliest known photographs of a person also qualifies as the first selfie. In 1839, photography pioneer Robert Cornelius took a photo of himself using the daguerrotype method — a slow process that allowed him to set up the camera and then run to pose.

Photographer Joseph Byron took the self-portrait to a new level with handheld cameras in 1909.

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