April 14, 2014


It’s actually the making of a selfie that we see on the front of The New York Times, with a spring scene as the backdrop.

Photos of the making of selfies are down-right common at this point. Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon included a few in his March 3 story, including one of John Kerry and students in Indonesia and Justin Bieber and fans in L.A. Of course, Ellen brought attention to the group selfie trend at the Oscars, and photos of that selfie, as well as the selfie itself also made big news.

On April 1, photos of the president posing for a selfie with David Ortiz led to the news that that photo, like the Oscar one, was really a stunt by Samsung.

But at least photojournalists are using their skills to add something to these strange, culturally-relevant moments. Via AP Images, here’s a recent sampling of what photographers have done when selfies happen.

Coachella festival goers take selfie photos of themselves in a mirror art installation on the Empire Polo Field during day three of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Dani Pedrosa, from left, of Spain, Marc Marquez of Spain, and Andrea Dovizioso, right, of Italy shoot a selfie of themselves on the winners podium following the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP motorcycle race, Sunday, April 13, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Two dancers from a Miami Beach, Fla. drag queen bar pose for selfies Sunday, April 13, before the Pride Parade. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Hull City players take a selfie during celebrations after they beat Sheffield United 5-3 at the English FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Hull City and Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium, London, England, Sunday, April 13. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Pope Francis poses for pictures with faithful at the end of a Palm Sunday service in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 13. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

One more, this one is from a trip I took last summer to the U.K., with a day in Paris (yes, an Eiffel Tower selfie did occur.) But one of my favorite moments of the day came after a crazy dash through the Louvre, hoping for a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. I did see her, but also I saw lots of this.

Some dude and the Mona Lisa. (Photo by Kristen Hare)

Hat tip to Ethan Klapper.

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
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