THE PHOTOBOOTH BLOG

June, 2012

June 15, 2012

One more entry this week to shed some light on what we’ve been adding to the site lately, this time focusing on new photobooth locations. We only have a few to add, but each is noteworthy in its own way.

First, we start with an old faithful, the booth at the Lakeside Lounge in New York. After the news broke in April that the Lakeside was closing, concern for the photobooth was second only to the grief about the bar itself. Thankfully, the owners found a new home for the booth, not too far away at the Hi-Fi Bar. The booth is a legend in the East Village, and we’re glad to see it’ll still be serving up great photos even after the sad demise of its former home.

Next, we’ve heard from Matteo that he’s installed another photochemical booth on the streets of Italy, this time on Via Squadroni in Reggio Emilia. Picturesque, indeed.

And finally, thanks to last month’s photobooth crawl, we finally had the opportunity to check out the booth at the Satellite here in Los Angeles. Now, it was in need of some attention and wasn’t turning out photos when the busload of photobooth lovers stopped by, but we trust it’s back in working order now, and I hope to visit again soon and take some photos.

June 14, 2012

We’ve added a number of new photobooth sightings to our Music section, including both videos and album art. First, and most recently, the new video from the Walkmen, for their song “Heaven.” Thanks to Daniel for the tip.

We also heard from director Patrick Bossé, who was kind enough to let us know he used our site in putting together his video for the song “On fait quoi?” by Julien Pilon.

A few weeks ago, we added a video for the song “You Can’t Get into My Head” by Tatana (feat. Natalia Kills) which features a real booth and real photostrips.

In the world of photobooth photos in album art, we have a few new additions. First, King Khan and the Shrines:

NRBQ’s debut album:

And finally, an LP re-release of an album by Gareth Williams & Mary Currie from the 1980s, Flaming Tunes

June 13, 2012

It’s time to get some of these PDFs, scans, and links sitting in my To-Do folder up on the site in our In Print section. First, thanks to Victoria for letting us know about an article in the magazine Strongbox. It’s a nice piece, and features work and comments from Victoria, Marco, and others about what the photobooth means to them.

More recently, the trip to Switzerland yielded a few pieces for the site: first, the weekend guide section of the Lausanne paper Le Matin featured a nice two-page spread about the Musée de l’Elysee’s photobooth show.

I even had one moment of unexpected photobooth-ness, coming across these photos, taken in the Zürich booth, for Zett Magazine, a publication of the Zurich University of the Arts.

Boston’s Weekly Dig used photostrips on the cover of their nightlife issue back in February.

And thanks to Les Matons for more great contributions from France. This time, they’ve sent in a scan of a comic by Tronchet, showing his character Raymond Calbuth on vacation in a series of photostrips.

June 11, 2012

Today, we’ve got a raft of updates in our TV and Commercials sections, thanks to our helpful readers.

First, the second appearance by a photobooth, this time a real Model 14, in the show “The Big C.” Thanks to Anthony for the tip on this scene, in which one character protests “photobooth discrimination.”

I’ve been catching up on the excellent new show “Girls” lately, and Hannah (Leah Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) have at least three photostrips in their apartment, as seen in episodes 2 and 5:

I finally came across a copy of the Weird Al Biography from A&E, in which we see a number of photobooth photos of a young, not yet weird Al with his mom.

Thanks again to Anthony for telling us about the episode of American Pickers with Jack White in which the guys trade a mounted elephant head for one of Jack’s photobooths (you’ve got to see it to believe it).

And just last night, on the second episode of the new series “Longmire,” a photostrip provided a clue in the death of a girl. Thanks to Gary for the tip on this one.

I’ve also added updated, higher quality images for some of the first TV shows I posted to the site back in 2005: Roswell (I had no idea that was Katherine Heigl…), As Time Goes By, and The X-Files.

In the world of commercials, I spotted one running on ESPN a few days ago, an ad for Corona Light featuring the adventures of everyman Stan, shown in a series of still photos. Once Stan has a Corona Light, his life gets more interesting, and he finds himself in a photobooth. Of course.

And finally, thanks to Siobhan for tipping us off to two ads (adverts, I suppose) from the UK, for the TV show “Take Me Out,” and for Thinkbox, an ad which stars Harvey and Rabbit.

June 10, 2012

Now that the Convention is over, the art has been returned, the wrap-up has been written, and my office is getting back to normal, I’ve had a chance to uncover a lot of updates and contributions that I hadn’t had a chance to post in the last few months. Over the next few days, I’ll be making note of all of the new content on the site, starting today with Movies.

First, we have Christopher Nolan’s first feature film, Following (1998), which features a photostrip. Thanks to Russ for the tip.

Our friend Tara tipped us off to a photobooth in Step Up 3, where two characters take refuge to get away from a dance club fight.

Thanks as well to found photobooth pioneer Dick Jewell for letting us know about a photostrip spotted in Danis Tanovic’s film L’enfer.

And finally, I’ve updated the entry for The Mambo Kings with higher quality images for the film’s photobooth sequences. The film uses a nice booth and even makes photostrips into an editing tool, so I’m happy to have been able to replace the horrible VHS transfers from 2004 with new stills from DVD.

June 09, 2012

2012 International Photobooth Convention

The photobooth crawl was one of the parts I was most looking forward to as the Convention approached. Andrea came up with the idea when we were all in Lausanne earlier this year, and I knew we had to make it part of the event. Los Angeles has a lot of photobooths, the best way to get around the city is to drive, but driving in L.A. is also no fun. Why not get everyone together and pay a professional to drive?

We all met at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, a relatively new restaurant with great food and an amazing beer selection that is also home to a black and white photobooth. By the time the giant bus arrived, we had dined, taken photos in the booth, and witnessed a partial solar eclipse out on the sidewalk. What a day! We had 18 enthusiastic photobooth lovers on our massive bus with blacked-out windows and leather benches, people who had traveled from France, the UK, Austin, Portland, Chicago, and St Louis, as well as a number of local Angelenos.

After Mohawk Bend, we headed for West Hollywood and the Churchill, where we took a bunch of photos and had the whole upstairs of the bar to ourselves. I tried taking a strip, but the machine seemed conk out at that moment from a sudden burst of activity, so we moved on.

From the Churchill, we headed back east to the Cha Cha Lounge. This place has always been a favorite of mine, and I think everyone on the crawl really enjoyed it, as well. A color booth with a custom facade and photostrips for just $2? What more can you ask for? Everyone had a good time taking photos and having some drinks, but before long, it was time to move on.

Edendale was our next stop, a bar and restaurant in Silver Lake, located in an old fire station. We took the long way, to say the least, to get there, as our driver got us into a little GPS-induced trouble. The streets around Silver Lake can be tricky, and our route to Edendale found Tim and I out on the street, waving the bus on as it slowly backed out of a dead end with a too-tight corner. Once we got to the bar, we were ready for more photos. The booth was working fine, people took a lot of photos, and we even spotted Marisa Tomei, checking off a big to-do item for some of our visitors…

We headed to the Satellite next, a venue I’d been to when it was Spaceland, but hadn’t visited recently. The booth was sadly out of order, our first miss of the night. It wouldn’t be a photobooth crawl without a non-functioning machine, though, right? We reconvened on the bus and headed to another must-visit location, the legendary Short Stop. When I visited during my dry run, it was out of order, but I was hoping it had gotten a visit from the technician.

No such luck, and we were faced with our second out of order machine of the night. I was hoping at that point to bring everyone downtown to Bar 107 so we could all endure a pat-down in order to use a photobooth, but we didn’t have the time. With just a few minutes left on our scheduled time, we headed back to Mohawk Bend and took a bunch more pictures. Our minor disappointment at not hitting as many booths as we’d have liked was quickly forgotten when we heard someone mention “Photobooth.net” while waiting for his photos to come out. “Hey,” I said, “We’re Photobooth.net!” Turns out Sim was a big fan of our site, and we had a great time talking to him and taking some photos together. Everyone took group shots to remember the evening by (like the one here, with the gang from La Joyeuse de Photographie, who came all the way from Paris for the event), and we had a great time hanging out.

The evening was a great success, and I hope we can replicate it the next time around, wherever the next International Photobooth Convention may be. We’ve posted a Facebook album of photostrips I took during the Convention and the crawl, and another Facebook album of Pocketbooth photostrips from Tim’s iPad, taken at both the Convention and on the bus during the crawl.