Macaque takes self-portrait


47 Responses to “Macaque takes self-portrait”

  1. angusm says:

    The photographer reports that “Not very many were in focus”, but the macaque absolutely nailed point-of-focus and depth-of-field in that picture. He’s obviously going to go far.

    He’s also mastered the tricky “self-portrait with camera held at arms-length” which – to judge by what I’ve seen on Myspace and other social sites – many humans still can’t get right.

  2. Gulliver says:

    Was his name Caesar?

  3. hassenpfeffer says:

    Where are the self-portraits of baboons’ sexually-receptive red rear ends?

  4. ryan says:

    “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

  5. Grumblefish says:


    True, but I don’t see fangs like in these shots:

    Because male crested black macaques have enlarged canine teeth compared to females.

    Took me a few seconds to google that fact.

  6. Marcus says:

    So who owns the copyright of the photo? Is it the monkey?

  7. Anonymous says:

    By the way, who gets the credit /attribution /royalties? The macaque? The camera’s owner? The World Wildlife Fund?

  8. sooey says:

    I find that picture somewhat unsettling…

  9. MythicalMe says:

    Anybody notice the resemblance to Don Cheadle?

  10. semiotix says:

    I like how the monkey is making the same face everyone makes when they take a picture of themselves. All that’s missing is a bunch of other monkeys in the background with plastic cups of beer half-caught by the flash.

  11. Patrick Dodds says:

    He set the ISO all wrong and shoulda used a bit of fill flash.

  12. ackpht says:

    Put some beautiful scenery in the background and you have an eerie similarity to every vacation photo my relatives have ever produced.

  13. knoxblox says:

    Best grade-school picture day photo ever.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I wish they would have show the real picture. Mind you this one is awesome!

  15. facetedjewel says:

    ‘Yep, I wore braces for five years’.

  16. JoshP says:

    Baboons hairless *ss are called ischial callousities(sp?), which I was taught was trait that makes it easy for them to sit… I’ve always loved that word.
    But what struck me about the photo… aren’t most lower primates displaying threat gestures when they expose teeth that way?

    • Anonymous says:

      That expression (closed mouth with exposed teeth) is more of a fear grimace. A wide open mouth would be a threat.

    • Anonymous says:

      “… aren’t most lower primates displaying threat gestures when they expose teeth that way?”

      It didn’t look that threatening to me. Besides, when humans first started doing portraits with photography, it seems if the faces didn’t look hostile, they were at least less than warm and friendly.

      I’m sure their photography culture will come up with fake natural smiles and goofy protest faces in due course.

      • lknope says:

        “Besides, when humans first started doing portraits with photography, it seems if the faces didn’t look hostile, they were at least less than warm and friendly.”

        That’s only because it took several minutes to take a picture and it’s hard to hold a smile for that long.

    • Gulliver says:

      Just what the world needs, another badly acted anti-medical-science luddite Frankensteinian scare flick piece of trash wearing the good name of Pierre Boulle’s classic masterpiece. Pass.

  17. jeffallen says:

    Future BB post: “DREAMWORKS set to produce motion-capture animated trilogy MONKEY WITH A CAMERA”

  18. lknope says:

    They’d never seen a reflection? Is there no still water on that island? Even puddles?

  19. Anonymous says:

    was the camera set to auto?

  20. bwcbwc says:

    It took me a while to realize those are its shoulders in the background. At first I was thinking it was a hairy version of Jar-jar Binks.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is not the pic that the monkey took. It was a file photo the news article used. Its obviously a manipulated photo people LOL!
    The photo that the original article showed was pretty good. It has the photographer and two monkeys in it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    How YOU doin?

  23. Anonymous says:


    My entry:

    Hellooooo ladies…

  24. Hrunga Zmuda says:

    I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn’t allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did. It’s your father’s hair dryer. This is the fashion accessory of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a towel, but an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire.

  25. Anonymous says:

    It looks like a Wallace and Grommet version of itself.

  26. Anonymous says:

    It’s certainly an incisive self-portrait.

  27. blueelm says:

    Lacking fangs might just mean that it is female.

  28. blueelm says:

    Oh I see some one posted that already.

    This picture definitely falls into that sort of uncanny valley where we can really see ourselves in other primates!

  29. frankieboy says:

    Puts me in mind of these silly bastards.
    “As cute as macaque seems it’s still a filthy little thing that spreads diseases and causes nothing but trouble”.

  30. Anonymous says:

    “monkey steals camera to snap pictures”

    wasn’t that one of the excuses Anthony Weiner used?

  31. RebNachum says:

    $5 says this shows up everywhere today as an avatar.

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