You! Be Inspired! — 55 Awesome Self-Portraits

Inspiration September 20, 2012

Even before the rise of digital media people have been using themselves as models to create stunning pieces of art. The earliest known self-portrait dates back in the Amarna Period of Ancient Egypt where Egyptian sculptor Bak carved a portrait of himself and his wife Taheri out of stone. Fast forward to the renaissance-era when the cheap mirror was invented  artists like Jan van Eyck and Albrecht Durer painted some of the  infamous self-portraits in history.  When photography was introduced more and more people have done self-portraits whether for artistic needs or just for personal reasons.  Famous photographers like Nobuyoshi Araki and Diane Arbus, even prolific director Stanley Kubrick have made their self-portraits.  Now with the digital age, the access for tools and knowledge to come up with a self-portrait is all too far easy and can be done in just a snap.

Whether you consider yourself as an artist or not, coming up with a self-portrait is one of the most fun things you can do on your  spare time, but what if you are frustrated because of creative block or you are growing tired of your ideas? Even more if you need to change your Facebook profile picture for the umpteen time to keep things fresh and interesting for the followers.  Don’t worry because we got you covered.  Today we have compiled some of the most interesting self-portraits that will inspire you to get on you toes and start working on that new self-portrait.

 

 

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Self-Portraits of Renowned Artists

 

Stanley Kubrick

Frida Kahlo

Sally Mann

Amadeo Modigliani

Nobuyoshi Araki

Henri Matisse

Andy Warhol

Eugene Delacroix

Vivian Maier

Pablo Picasso

Eve Arnold

Sofonisba Anguissola

Robert Capa

Artemisia Gentileschi

Van Gogh

There you have it guys! We hope that you enjoyed this collection of amazing self-portraits and we hope that this post got you inspired to make yourself one.  Hit the comments section below and tell us what do you guys think as well as which is the best piece here for you.

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Patrick Jude Ilagan is a graphic designer/photographer hailing from the vast jungles of urban Manila. Always on the look out for visually appealing stuff he scours the internet and the bustling city in search of inspiration. His tools for mass creation is a Canon 500D along with a wide array of lights and lenses plus a 4 year old (but still fighting) laptop. Check out his work here.

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