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Aftograf is a Greek term that encompasses both the noun that means self-portrait and the verb that means to create a self-portrait. In some languages, this term translates neatly into a single word, as in German (Selbstporträt), French (autoportrait), and Italian (autoritratto). In other languages, however, the concept must be more elaborately described using multiple nouns and descriptors, such as the Dutch zelfportret, consisting of the words zelf (self) and portret (portrait). Similarly, in Spanish the concept of a self-portrait is formed by the words autorretrato (author portrait) or retrato autorrepresentativo (representative self-portrait).

Aftograf equivalents: Selbstporträt, Autoportrait, Autoritratto, Zelfportret, Autorretrato, Retrato Autorrepresentativo, Self-Portrait, Autoporträt, Autoritrato, Eigenportret, Autorretratto, Retrato Autorepresentativo.

Harris Awan


Aftograf is a noun of Greek origin, derived from the words αἴτω (aítō) meaning “I ask, and γραφος (graphos) meaning written. Synonyms of aftograf include autograph, signature, and autograph book. Antonyms of aftograf could include pseudonym and pen name. Cognates related to the word aftograf include autøgraf in Danish and autograaf in Dutch. Variants of the word aftograf include Aftografo, Aftografas, Aftografiras, Aftografatre, Aftografia, and Aftografos.

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George Adrian Postea


The term aftograf initially appeared in the early 17th century, derived from the Ancient Greek words 'aphotographos' (meaning ‘a writing from the self’), which signifies the act of self-signing one’s signature, which ultimately leads to the modern English word, ‘autograph’. The word is generally employed to refer to someone’s personal signature, being a sign of approval and a statement of authenticity. The term has also been extended to indicate an artist's representation of his/her own work, or a photograph of a person taken by the same person. Morphologically, the term can be broken down into its two constituent morphemes, ‘afto’, indicating ‘self’ and ‘graphos’, denoting ‘writing’. In terms of pragmatics, the word communicates the idea of a signature as a sign of approval or as a statement of authenticity.

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Henry Fontaine


Aftograf, the renowned Russian artist, is best known for his works in a variety of mediums, from painting to sculpture. He was highly influential in the Moscow art scene of the early twentieth century and created a number of iconic works that are still viewed with admiration today. Most notably, Aftograf is remembered for his mixed-media pieces, which combine traditional painting techniques with elements of photography and film. His paintings are celebrated for their vibrant colors and use of bold lines, as seen in works such as 'The Red Wall' and 'Stalin's Newspaper'. His many sculptures are renowned for their dynamic use of light and space, epitomized by 'Red Square' and 'The Inspiration of Man'. Aftograf remains an icon of Russian art and a master of modern sculpture.

Russian artist, Aftograf, Moscow art scene, mixed-media, painting, sculpture, photography, film, vibrant colors, bold lines, Red Wall, Stalin's Newspaper, Red Square, Inspiration of Man.

Mei Wang

CITATION : "Mei Wang. 'Aftograf.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on March 27, 2023)"

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