Iconic Photos Get New Life as Must-See Selfies

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Now that “selfie” is the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, maybe we can start taking the concept more seriously. The practice of turning the camera on ourselves, with the range of depth limited by our arm’s length, isn’t going anywhere. In a brilliant advertising campaign, South African newspaper Cape Times took the selfie and applied it to some of history’s most recognizable photos (spotted on Feature Shoot). Imagine the stories: JFK demurring in the face of Jackie’s outstretched hand, Winston Churchill bawdily smiling for his own camera while he puffs on his cigar, and Beyers Naude and Desmond Tutu hamming it up happily. It almost makes our own selfies less embarrassing. Almost.

Image credit: Cape Times

Image credit: Cape Times

Image credit: Cape Times

Image credit: Cape Times

Image credit: Cape Times