By Olivia B. Waxman
June 21, 2017

The term “selfie” only dates to circa 2002, but millennials — while they can take credit for a broad range of social-media innovations — cannot take credit for the idea of taking a picture of oneself. Depending how you frame it, the concept of a self-portrait is centuries-old, and many artists and photographers can take credit for shaping the genre (i.e. Vincent Van Gogh’s bandaged ear, Cindy Sherman’s movie scenes, Andy Warhol’s polaroids).

Here, TIME looks back at five self-portraits that stood out.


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