Richard Avedon
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 2004, San Antonio, Texas.]

 Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is, how would you say, well, the human predicament; only what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own. 

Cindy Sherman
[Artist, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, lives in New York.]

 Once I set up, the camera starts clicking, then I just start to move and watch how I move in the mirror. It’s not like I’m method acting or anything. I don’t feel that I am that person. I may be thinking about a certain story or situation, but I don’t become her. There’s this distance. The image in the mirror becomes her—the image the camera gets on the film. And the one thing I’ve always known is that the camera lies. 

Orlan (Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte)
[Artist, b. 1947, St. Etienne, France, lives in Ivry-sur-Seine, France.]

 Being a narcissist isn’t easy when the question is not of loving your own image, but of recreating the self through deliberate acts of alienation. 

Kim Kardashian
[Television personality and socialite, b. 1980, Los Angeles, lives in Hidden Hills, California.]

 Since choice or chance gave me a way of life without privacy, I’ll violate my privacy myself, and I’ll have a good time doing it, too. (On publishing Selfish, a 450-page book of selfies.) 

Bruce Davidson
[Photographer, b. 1933, Oak Park, Illinois, lives in New York.]

 I’ve had the privilege of being an outsider allowed on the inside, searching for beauty, meaning and myself. 

Adam Gopnik
[Writer and critic, b. 1956, Philadelphia, lives in New York.]

 Is the selfie—those newly omnipresent photos of ourselves, taken with our own little palm-fitting cameras—merely a genre of informal self-portraiture, as old as the camera and as many-sided, or is it visual crabgrass, covering over and crowding out deeper investigation of who we are? 

Bruce Gilden
[Photographer, b. 1946, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 I’m photographing myself out there. Not myself physically, but mentally. It’s my take on the world. 

Daniel Boorstin
[Historian and scholar, b. 1914, Atlanta, Georgia, d. 2004, Washington, D.C.]

 As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves. 
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