The ‘Death Selfie’: About the (Im)possibility of a Selfie as Post-Mortem Photography
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In popular culture, particularly on news websites and blogs, the umbrella term ‘death selfie’ covers several selfie practices without further linking them to the well-examined relationship between photography and death. This article argues not only that the notion of the death selfie refers to the noema ‘ça a été’ introduced by Roland Barthes but also that, through a change of context, its interpretive possibilities are shifting from a snapshot to an object of a larger expression. Moreover, the paradigm of the unrepresentability of death needs to be discussed in relation to the selfie, as it relies on the tactile connection between the human body and the release of the camera. To consolidate these approaches, it is suggested that the selfie should rather be understood as a practice of memento mori in the context of post-mortem photography.
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