Art & Design

German Photographer Makes Art Out of Celebrity Selfies, Finally

Art & Design

German Photographer Makes Art Out of Celebrity Selfies, Finally

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German photographer Jonas Unger, previously known for his editorial work, has capitalized on the selfie phenomenon with the debut of Autoportraits, his exhibit at the Galerie Derouillon in Paris. Unger has commissioned a series of these so-called “auto portraits”—which is essentially a fancy French word for selfie—from celebrities and fashion types such as Karl Lagerfeld, Karolina Kurkova, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Riccardo Tisci. Unger handed them an analog camera and gave no further instructions except the request that they take a picture of their face. The result is something worth seeing. Riccardo Tisci looks as though he’s hanging off a building while seductively clinging to the camera for life. Lagerfeld’s appears as though the camera went off as he searched for a button. Blue Is the Warmest Color star Adele Exarchopoulos, amazingly, could be mistaken for an over-zealous high school football fan. With the exhibition, which runs until May 21, Unger seeks to further understand “what connects us to these figures, the same ones that disappear so often behind the mask of their coverage.”