From nineteenth-century daguerreotypes to twenty-first-century selfies, portraiture has dominated the medium of photography. Drawn from ICP’s collection, “Your Mirror” surveys the nuanced ways people present themselves for the camera, how and by whom they are represented, and who is deemed worthy of commemoration. This selection includes studio portraits, snapshots, and documentary photographs. From a deathbed daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes, and a carte de visite featuring Sojourner Truth holding her knitting, to Samuel Fosso’s performative self-portraits, and FBI wanted posters, every portrait serves a different purpose. Each one offers the opportunity to investigate the ways photography shapes our ideas about ourselves and others.
Jacky, Paris, 1961 (printed 1985-86), Courtesy of the Christer Strömholm Estate