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Art of The Selfie

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A selfie by Riccardo Tisci.

The word selfie is not just a part of pop culture, it’s an official entry in the Oxford dictionary. And, as a collective society within the Instagram universe, we can’t get enough of them. For his first exhibition in Paris at the Galerie Derouillon, German photographer Jonas Unger presents a series of celebrity selfies. The artist questions what connects us to these figures with this series of transfixing images taken by the subjects themselves.

Unger asked a number of celebrities, fashion designers and models to take part in this exhibition by simply handing them a camera and no additional instruction. With this act, Unger enabled his subjects to candidly capture moments that vary from seductive to comical.

Likewise, viewers each connect to these individuals in their own way. Riccardo Tisci staring deeply into the lens has the effect of almost pulling us into his creative process; model Karolina Kurkova gives us a stop and stare that doesn’t let us forget for a moment that she’s a supermodel.

And then there’s Gerard Depardieu who Unger had previously made his subject for an editorial portfolio. Here, he plays with the camera as though he were showing you, the viewer, something.  “Autoportraits” also includes Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, and David Lynch.

And while fashion selfies on Instagram are common, seeing these images in the gallery setting, no less in an exhibition commissioned by a renowned photographer, definitely changes the way we perceive their stories. But, if you can’t make it to Paris to see “Autoportraits,” here are a few fashion faces who you can follow right in the palm of your hand: @stellamccartney @thakoonny @riccardotisci17 @karliekloss @31philliplim @toryburch @dvf @gucci @yslexperience @chloe @fendi_official @prada @karllagerfeld

“Autoportraits,” from April 24 to May 21, Galerie Derouillon, Paris.

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