The Art of the Selfie By James Franco

12.29.2013

By Stacy Lambe

Looking back on the year of the actor’s Instagram account

In an essay for the New York Times, James Franco explains the art of the selfie. Thanks to Instagram, the personal cell phone pic has become more popular than ever.

Franco says that the main draw for posting these images is attention. “Hell, it’s what everyone wants: attention. Attention is power,” Franco writes. “And if you are someone people are interested in, then the selfie provides something very powerful, from the most privileged perspective possible.”

He goes further to say that these filtered Instagram pics are a form of self-expression, “the selfie quickly and easily shows, not tells, how you’re feeling, where you are, what you’re doing.”

Because Franco is a self-professed king of selfies, we decided to break down the art of the self-taken portrait—according to the actor’s Instagram account.

The selfie as a political statement:

The selfie as a promotional tool:

With the caption: "#AsILayDying is now available to own on @iTunesMovies. https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/as-i-lay-dying/id711288793 "

The selfie via regram:

The selfie as group expression:

The selfie as a “pseudo-personal moment:”

The selfie as voyeuristic expression:

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