The Moment Trumps the Selfie | Lisbeth Darsh

February 16, 2015 7:06 PM

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The Moment Trumps the Selfie | Lisbeth Darsh

Five months ago, I stood in a modern art exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco​ and was captivated by the unplanned, non-curated selfie exhibition taking place in front of me. It was live in front of a Roy Lichtenstein piece: Painting with Statue of Liberty. Person after person snapped selfies, with seemingly little interest in the art itself.

I wanted so much to photograph these people who were photographing themselves, but that seemed intrusive. So, my friend and I sat on a bench for 15 minutes and observed. Person after person snapped away, then almost all moved on fairly quickly. They seemed happy only for a moment -- when they turned...

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