You Have to See These Historic Photos Reimagined as Selfies!

A South African ad agency's campaign doctored images like the wartime kiss and the royal wedding balcony moment to amazing effect

Sure, we see our share of selfies all day long in our Instagram feed. And, not gonna lie, we’ve been privy to enough gratuitous duck face to last a lifetime. But a South African agency came up with a selfie-focused ad campaign for a newspaper in the region that has us absolutely spellbound. Lowe South Africa created the campaign for The Cape Times that reimagined famous historical photographs as selfies, and accompanied them with the tagline, “You Can’t Get Any Closer to the News.” Brilliant. 

Wartime Smooch

Cape Times

Jackie O.

Cape Times

Winston Churchill

Cape Times

Royal Wedding

Cape Times

Beyers Naude and Desmond Tutu

Cape Times

The Self Portraits campaign was developed at Lowe South Africa, Cape Town, by executive creative director Kirk Gainsford, art director Dane Alexander, copywriters Natalie Rose, Melanie Horenz, agency producer Tenille Abrahams and photographer David Prior.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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