SELFIES are simply the latest in a long line of portrait photography methods, says a new exhibition.

Studio to Selfie, at Bradford Industrial Museum, explores the history of such photos in a display running until November 10.

The exhibition looks at the relationship between the photographer, the viewer and the subject, and how in the era of the mobile phone camera and the selfie, the photographer is often all three.

Using collections from Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries photographic archive, the exhibition studies the themes of identity and how different generations have used photography to represent themselves.

It also looks at portrait photography during the Victorian era.

One of the displays in the exhibition features glass lantern slides of important figures in Bradford society in the late 1800s.

It looks at how these ‘Bradford Worthies’ portrayed themselves through photographs, at the time these were nearly always men who were dignitaries, clergymen or businessmen.

As part of the exhibition the curators have set up an interactive ‘Victorian photographic studio’ for people to take selfies in the style of Victorian era ‘Bradford Worthies’ that can be used in the exhibition.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Photographs tell a powerful story about people, their lives and the world at the time they were living in and this exhibition is a fascinating insight in to this.

“The exhibition studies themes of identity and how different generations have used photography to represent themselves.”

People can take part in the exhibition projects by using the hashtag #studio2selfie, search Bradford Museums on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Amongst the permanent galleries at Bradford Industrial Museum is a representation of a busy Victorian general printing office.

All the machines are authentic and have been carefully restored to full working order by a team of volunteers.

Visitors can compare the office to a fully-restored mid-20th century printing office nearby, which also has authentic machines and fittings.

Each Wednesday volunteers are on hand to demonstrate and explain the craft of letterpress printing. Each visitor is given a souvenir bookmark, type set and printed on the premises.