How cellphone photography exists as record art
Amazing read as always ✨ Definitely worth checking out @loose__c who I believe is the creative director behind Fred Again..'s visual world!
Although not an album cover, Lana Del Rey used self-shot webcam footage in the video for Video Games. I remember critics at the time drawing comparison between the fuzzy, low-res nature of a webcam and the warm, blurry vintage that makes up the rest of the video. While I don't disagree with any of your points made above I think her recent selfies should be seen in context within her entire career.
Quite a few of my album covers started as selfies or simple iPhone pics, as far back as 2013. https://mxqidlove.bandcamp.com/music