Peter Nohrnberg is a scholar of literary modernism, poet, and photographer. He has been taking photographs since he was an adolescent, and is currently a member of the Boston Photographic Resource Center. His photographs have been...
Before selfies became the habit of every teenager with a smart phone and an Instagram account, taking a self portrait with a camera required an uncanny amount of self-absorption, self-assurance, and technical knowledge. More than simply documenting the photographer's adolescent and teenagen years, these pre-selfie selfies, all taken on film cameras and most with the aid of a self-timer and a tripod, show a young man using the camera as a mirror to explore possible selves, from punk rocker to preppie.