Artists have created portraits of themselves since ancient times, and during the Renaissance the self-portrait became a strong genre within art. Painters such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh are certainly known for their self-portraits, and photographers have created some of their greatest works by using their own images. Artists and photographers alike have found themselves to be their own most inexpensive and readily available models.
As this exhibition illustrates, photographic self-portraits reveal different innovative approaches to the genre. Self, Model, and Self as Other highlights about 50 self-portraits — spanning more than a century — from the MFAH photography collection.