THE PHOTOBOOTH BLOG

December, 2011

December 19, 2011

It’s been a busy few months here at Photobooth.net West, so we’ve got a big backlog of additions to the site to present today.

First, Abie Nedelka, who works as a technician for a number of photobooths in New York City, wrote us back in September to let us know about about a Tumblr she runs called LHOOQ Brooklyn. We’ve got the project posted in our Projects section and have also made listings for the three new photobooth locations she works in the city:

Next, Nancy Pochis Bank, whom we’ve listed in our Art section, let us know about a new piece of photobooth-based work she’s done, seen here:

Jack Watts, a photography student in the U.K., has sent us a project in which he sought to break all of the rules for passport photos taken in photobooths. We’ve posted the project in our Projects section, and include the photos below.

Les Matons let us know about a video on Dailymotion that captures photobooth portraits taken by a student in Marseille between 1997 and 2001, strung together in sequence to show the changes in her appearance. Check out the video here.

Thanks to everyone for their contributions. 2012 is going to be an exciting year for the photobooth, and we look forward to bringing you more news, projects, and shows from around the world.

December 18, 2011

The new year is nearly upon us, and it’s just two months to go until the opening of photobooth exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. We mentioned the show here back in September, and in the intervening months, we’ve been working on our contribution to the exhibition, and hearing from others in the community about the show. If you’re a fan of the history and art of the photobooth, it’s safe to say that it would be a good idea to find a way to make it to Switzerland between February and May of next year.

From the museum’s website:

When the first photobooths were set up in Paris in 1928, the Surrealists used them heavily and compulsively. Within minutes, and for a small price, the machine offered them, in the field of portraiture, an experience similar to automatic writing. Since then, generations of artists have been fascinated by the photobooth concept. From Andy Warhol to Arnulf Rainer, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman and Gillian Wearing, many used it to play with their identity, tell stories, or simply create worlds.

The show includes over 300 exhibits and brings together different media — oil paintings, lithographs, edited films /videos and screenings — revealing the extent of the influence of the photobooth within the artistic community.

I’ll be attending the opening, and I look forward to meeting some of the other artists, historians, and enthusiasts who will be in attendance, as well as old friends from the community who will be making the trip from the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe. We will report back on the show for those who aren’t able to make it. Let us know if you’re coming and we’ll make a point of meeting up in snowy Lausanne.