Five Hundred Self-Portraits by Phaidon
Phaidon revisited and expanded the book '500 Self-Portraits' for the third time.
Recently, Phaidon revisited and expanded the book '500 Self-Portraits' for the third time. The original version of 500 Self Portraits: From Antique Times to the Present Day was published by the then Vienna-based Phaidon Press in 1936. In 2000, Phaidon revisited the subject and published an updated compact edition. In this millennial third edition, the publisher wanted to update what had already been curated to include additional works from twentieth and twenty-first-century artists.
As the preface of the book explains, “Our understanding of how the self is represented visually has shifted again since then, with smartphone cameras and image-sharing social media platforms heralding the age of the ubiquitous ‘selfie.’ The twenty-first-century has also seen art history opening up to embrace previously overlooked artists, as well as a new generation, who have taken the self-portrait in fresh directions.”
Below is a visual list of some of our favourite new century self-portraits featured in this latest edition.