I Love My Selfie
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author, editor, and translator of numerous books, including Reclaiming Travel, also published by Duke University Press.
Adál Maldonado is a visual, performance, installation, and video artist; playwright; cofounder of the first all-artist political party in Puerto Rico; the recipient of a Pollock-Krassner Fellowship; and the author of several books, including Out of Focus Nuyoricans.
The sixth chapter follows the history of the self-portrait done through cameras like Kodak and Fuji and the corporate objectives behind these products. It analyzes the democratization of photography through affordable means of taking pictures. And it looks at the selfie in the tradition of auto-portraits from Diego Velázquez to van Gogh onward to Lucas Samaras.