"How totally ahead of her time Melinda was! This is really cool stuff, then and now!”
"As someone who loves taking Polaroids, I enjoyed reading and looking at this book."
—Jade A. Baker, Writer and Photographer
"Melinda Camber Porter was way ahead of her time. Can you imagine what Melinda Camber Porter would have been able to create with an iPhone?"
—Brad Johnson, Film Producer, Watson Pond Productions
"I remember being fascinated by the concept of the Polaroid era pictures developing right there–magic. Melinda Camber Porter’s My Polaroid Selfies, Book 1, 1981 is an interesting and very creative look at the precursor to Instagram. Here are selfies taken by a very creative woman, Melinda Camber Porter. Four out Five stars.”
—Rhonda Lomazow, Reviewer for Pixel Hall Press
"A reader with any amount of firm cynicism about today’s selfie culture is likely to approach this book with a subjective catalog of prejudices and preconceptions that will need to be worked through before Porter’s images can be viewed fairly and sensitively. At first, it’s easy to dismiss some of her expressions as mugging for the camera, and the old question of whether posing for a snapshot inevitably changes one’s behavior also comes into play—a factor which, if true, would arguably invalidate Porter’s entire project, killing it at the root. The only fair answer to these concerns is to approach this collection of images the way all sincerely made art should be approached: with a generous spirit and a willingness to put in the time needed to reveal its subtleties. This body of work is a “see it for yourself” proposition, and any evidence as to whether there’s true substance in her attempt to make selfies of the soul ultimately lies with each viewer’s unique experience with it. The things that may happen when one spends enough time with these images probably can’t be conveyed either adequately or accurately in words. Yet they’re both the key to understanding Porter’s project, and its very essence."
— Jeff Edwards, Art critic and writer, Professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York (full review here)
— Bryan Downey, Photographer, Sag Harbor, NY