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The father of selfies

26 August 2015 / 15:08:32  GRReporter
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Lucas Samaras is considered the father of self-depiction that today we call "selfie", thus changing the post-war American landscape.

As a painter, photographer and filmmaker, his work has anticipated the era of self-portraits or selfies.

Being nearly 50 years ahead of selfies and Instagram fashion, he says himself, "I'm a professional and they are amateurs. I come from an artistic tradition, so that there is an aesthetic desire in me to make it as beautiful as possible, contrary to selfies which nobody cares whether they are good or not."

Lucas Samaras was born in the Greek city of Kastoria in 1936 and moved to New York in 1948. He is one of the most versatile artists in the field of fine arts, with significant and recognized creation works in the field of sculpture, painting, photography and the performing arts. His achievements include nearly 50 individual and 50 collective exhibitions, and his works are on display in over 40 of the most famous museums across the world.

The American artist of Greek origin who is considered the "wizard of Photoshop" is presenting in the Pace Gallery in New York an exhibition entitled XYZ that he has created entirely using Photoshop.

At the age of 65 Samaras began experimenting with the computer processing of photos and films, blurring the boundaries between art and life to create a modified reality.

Today, Lucas Samaras still has a restless creative spirit. In recent years, he has been involved in computer arts, combining photography with virtual reality and creating short films with a soundtrack called "Photoflicks".

Tags: Lucas SamarasSelfiesArtsExhibitionsPhotoshop
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