Podcast: Selfie or Self-Portrait?


What will our future selfies be like? Our guest, Stephen Mayes, suggests that they may be images of what we think rather than what we see. For those of you exasperated by the deluge of duck faces in your social media feed, this may be a terrifying idea, but is the selfie really that bad, and if so, how and why is it different than an artist’s self-portrait? These are the questions we address in this week’s episode and, to do so, we have invited the inimitable Mr. Mayes and photographer Nicky Wanzi, whose recent series of self-portraits, in which she depicts not only herself but also two of her best friends, was included in PDN’s 2016 Photo Annual. Join us for this enjoyable conversation as we expose the selfie.  

Guests: Nicky Wanzi and Stephen Mayes






Photos by Nicky Wanzi

Nicky Wanzi, Allan Weitz, and Stephen Mayes


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Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves


This was thought-provoking - what's a selfie, what's a self-portrait? The answer might seem self-evident, but is it?

Yakubova-studio: I would say that it is not...and it would seem that at least one of our guests agree.  Thanks so much for your comment and for listening to the podcast.