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04 August 2014

Selfiecity investigates the Instagram self-representations in six cities around the world

  • A screenshot of Selfiexploratory, an interactive app we built for exploring the dataset of 3840 selfie photos. Access the app online to explore the Selfiecity dataset.

  • One of the imageplots presenting the findings of our research. Learn more on the project website http://selfiecity.net/.

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Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner, Daniel Goddemeyer, Dominikus Baur, Jay Chow, Alise Tifentale, Mehrdad Yazdani, Nadav Hochman.


Selfiecity.net investigates selfies using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods. It presents analysis and interactive visualizations of 3,200 single selfie photos from Instagram shared during December 5-12, 2013 in Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York, and São Paulo.

The new 2015 edition, Selfiecity London, adds analysis of 640 selfies shared in London during September 21-27, 2015.

The interactive web app Selfiexploratory allows you to navigate the complete set of 3840 photos.

Theoretical essays place selfies in the context of history of photography, analyze the functions of images in social media in general, and discuss our methods and dataset.

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