Charles cutting a silhouette live on stage

TED Talk: The Eighteenth-Century Selfie

In November 2022 I was invited to give a short talk about my work at a TEDx meeting in Arendal, on the south coast of Norway.

The video of my talk has just been released and have great pleasure in sharing it here (time: 15 mins approx)

Cutting a silhouette and speaking about silhouettes

In the days before photography silhouettes were the only kind of self-image which mots people ever saw. For this reason silhouettes were once extremely popular!

In this talk I demonstrate how to cut a silhouette before going on the explore this popularity in relation to the fascinating, but now discredited pseudo-science of physiognomy.

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James Butler
James Butler
1 year ago

That’s amazing Charles! It’s over ten years since you cut silhouettes of my party guests, and I’ve known you longer, but it still blows my mind every time I see you appear so nonchalant yet execute perfectly the cutting of a profile. A brilliant TED talk!

Andrew Krajewski
Andrew Krajewski
1 year ago

I thoroughly enjoyed your very engaging and informative talk. Your knowledge, enthusiasm and skill always enthralls me. An excellent talk. Well done and I look forward to your next production.

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