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The Art of the Selfie By James Franco

The Art of the Selfie By James Franco


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:

The selfie via regram:

The selfie as group expression:

The selfie as a "pseudo-personal moment:"

The selfie as voyeuristic expression:

The non-selfie selfie:

The selfie as a vintage moment:

The shirtless selfie to get attention:

The selfie as a humble brag:

The selfie that captures a rarely seen moment:

The selfie as a video:

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