Haiti discovers the self-portrait

Three years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, New York-based photographer Andy Lin has taken his Self-Portrait Project to the camps for those displaced by the disaster of January 2010

The Self-Portrait Project is, according to its creator Andy Lin, a “glorified photobooth”: it works by a camera shooting through a two-way mirror, the subject taking their own photo via a remote control. The result, he argues, is a uniquely honest picture: “You can’t be dishonest in a picture you take of yourself, even if you’re trying to portray yourself as something else.”

New York-based photographer Lin has amassed more than 300,000 self-portraits in the four years he has been taking his project to parties and NGO events in his city. But when an opportunity arose earlier this month to go to Haiti, he grabbed it with both hands: “I have been wanting to use the Self-Portrait Project in the context of social change, because it allows the subject control of their own image,” he says. “I’ve been wanting to go somewhere where people have been marginalised, or victimised, or forgotten, to remind the world beyond that they’re there.”

Read more and see photos here: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/sep/29/haiti-selfie-self-portrait-project

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