'Sharing Before Selfies' in The New York Times

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"Snapchat and Instagram are little more than new additions to a long history of social photography. Even before the birth of daguerreotypes in the 19th century, we had painted portraiture, as John Gallagher, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, pointed out in a recent tweet: “In my day we had no narcissistic selfie sticks — you just paid a man to come to your house and paint you surrounded by your possessions.”

A new exhibition at the New York Public Library, “Public Eye,” plays with this idea to rethink how photography has been shared throughout its history, and how we interact with public spaces — even wilderness. The show goes back to the official birth of photography in 1839 and works its way to the present, with concerns about privacy in the age of oversharing."

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