When Your Public Image Becomes You

“When he shows himself, he must fulfill the expectations that his picture arouses. Only because he thus has his being in showing himself is he represented in the picture. First, then, there is undoubtedly self-presentation, and secondly the representation in the picture of this self-presentation. Pictorial presentation is a special case of public presentation. But the second has an effect on the first. If someone’s being necessarily and essentially includes showing himself, he no longer belongs to himself. For example, he can no longer avoid being represented by the picture and, because these representations determine the picture that people have of him, he must ultimately show himself as his picture prescribes.”

Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method (2013)

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