Robert Cornelius, 1839
this is the first recorded instance of a selfie, according to Public Domain review:
“In 1839, a young Philadelphia chemist named Robert Cornelius stepped out of his family’s store and took a photograph of himself:
He took the image by removing the lens cap and then running [into the] frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again. On the back he wrote “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”
Nick DeWolf, self-portrait in barber shop, Wakefield, Massachusetts, 1958
Renata Bracksieck, 1920-29
(German, 1900 - 1992)
Bracksieck was a photographer and clothing designer active in the 1920s and 1930s. She trained as a costume designer with Christoph Drecoll, then ran her own successful fashion salon in Bremen.
Photographer’s reflection in a cut-out silhouette in a window.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic