The first self-portrait in 1893 may have marked the beginning of the selfie phenomenon

Selfies may have taken over social media over the past few years, but that doesn't mean they're a new thing.

Technically speaking, one of the earliest known photographs of a person also qualifies as the first selfie. In 1839, photography pioneer Robert Cornelius took a photo of himself using the daguerrotype method -- a slow process that allowed him to set up the camera and then run to pose.

Photographer Joseph Byron took the self-portrait to a new level with handheld cameras in 1909.

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As photography became more accessible and popular, so did selfies. People began snapping photos of themselves parachuting, on vacation and even at the Academy Awards.

Now, selfies are everywhere. You can rarely open up Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook without seeing a photo a friend snapped of themselves.

Take a look through the gallery below to see how selfies have changed over time:

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The evolution of the selfie

Robert Cornelius's self portrait made in 1839. 

(Photo via Robert Cornelius/Library of Congress)

Self-portrait by photographer Joseph Byron (1847 - 1923), New York, 1909. He was the founder of the Byron Company photographic studio. (Photo by Joseph Byron/Museum of the City of New York/Getty Images)
Five photographers on the roof of Colonel Marceau's photography studio prepare a group self-portrait, New York, December 1920. Among those visible are Joseph Byron, who holds one side of the camera with his right hand, and Ben Falk, who holds the other side with his left hand. (Photo by Byron Company/Museum of the City of New York/Getty Images)
Group self-portrait of five photographers on the roof of Colonel Marceau's photography studio, New York, December 1920. Pictured are, from left, Joseph ('Uncle Joe') Byron (fore, left hand on camera), Pirie MacDonald (second left, in hat), Colonel Marceau and Pop Core (both hidden, and Joseph ('Uncle Joe') Byron (fore, left hand on camera), Pirie MacDonald (second left, in hat), Colonel Marceau and Pop Core (both hidden, and Ben Falk. Byron and Falk each hold a side of the camera. (Photo by Byron Company/Museum of the City of New York/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 1: CBS RADIO - Singer and Broadway performer, Carol Bruce, with her press agent, poses for a 'selfie' gag shot. Photo dated: February 1, 1944. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Express photographer Terry Fincher takes a self portrait using a camera strapped to his foot, whilst parachuting from a hot air balloon, 9th March 1966. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
US President George Bush holds an Instamatic camera on January 1, 1993 as he snaps a picture of himself with a Marine at the Mogadishu airport. Bush ends his visit to Somalia early tomorrow and flies to Russia. AFP PHOTO PASCAL PAVANI (Photo credit should read PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: HANDOUT â EDITORIAL USE ONLY - In this handout photo provided by Ellen DeGeneres, host Ellen DeGeneres poses for a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper with (clockwise from L-R) Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Peter Nyong'o Jr. and Bradley Cooper during the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo credit Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - OCTOBER 7: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst takes a 'selfie' during his spacewalk, whilst aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on October 7, 2014 in Space. Gerst returned to earth on November 10, 2014 after spending six months on the International Space Station completing an extensive scientific programme, known as the 'Blue Dot' mission (after astronomer Carl Sagan's description of Earth, as seen on a photograph taken by the Voyager probe from six billion kilometres away). (Photo by Alexander Gerst / ESA via Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 24: A local youth takes a selfie photograph in front of Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to St George's indoor market on June 24, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal party are visiting Northern Ireland for three days. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Kardashian, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen take a selfie during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 10: German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for a selfie with a migrant from Syria after she visited the AWO Refugium Askanierring shelter for migrants on September 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel visited several facilities for migrants today, including an application center for asylum-seekers, a school with welcome classes for migrant children and a migrant shelter. Thousands of migrants are currently arriving in Germany every day, most of them via the Balkans and Austria. Germany is expecting to receive 800,000 asylum applicants this year.(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A boy takes a selfie photo with Pope Francis at the church of St. Maria Josefa in Castelverde, on the outskirts of Rome, during a pastoral visit on February 19, 2017. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

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