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July 16, 2005

samsunFootwear.jpgThanks to a tip from Elizabeth Cunningham and a list of possible Philly photobooths from Brian, I had a quick and painless afternoon of photobooth hunting in center city Philadelphia this past May. My wife Heather grew up in the Philly suburbs and we try to get back at least once a year to see her family. Heather kindly accompanied me on this particular booth hunt. As it turns out, the 3 booths I had on my list ended up being within 5 blocks of each other.

Our first stop was El Vez (not to be confused with the Mexican Elvis), a trendy place self-described as “gritty East L.A. meets a Tijuana Taxi vibe.” They have done a great job creating a unique and festive interior, a perfect spot for a booth. Just as suspected, a black and white 4‑pose photobooth sits near the back of the restaurant. Unfortunately the booth was broken and to add insult to injury, the staff was a bit salty. If you visit the El Vez official website, and are patient enough to get past the super-fresh splash screen and requisite techo beat, click on the piano icon (Restaurant Tour) to see a picture of some of the pictures (purportedly) produced by their photobooth.

Next stop: the Spaceport Amusement Center. The buildings on this particular block are not well marked, but we quickly realize the Spaceport Amusement Center is no more (and the crowd goes mild). In its place is a shoe store called Samsun Footwear (pictured at right).

Final stop: The Spaghetti Warehouse. This booth (a 4‑pose color unit) is not only exactly where expected, but it actually works. I sit for my strip of four, and call it a day.

Afterward, I realized another promising location was in walking distance of the other three: the K‑Mart at the Gallery (9th and Market) is said to have at least two. Next visit…

June 27, 2005

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California artist Rebecca Bailey (aka Baby Smith) has put out a call for submissions to a photobooth related art project. Visit her website to read more about her project:

blogging has become a cultural phenomenon in our society, where virtually anyone can acquire web space to express everything from political rants to poetic ramblings and everything in between. posting intimate accounts and/or pictures of everyday life has become commonplace in this ever increasing cyber world. in this body of work, i will incorporate photobooth images of individuals onto painted and embellished 2nd hand purses. encased in the purses will be 1–3 minute looped recordings of bloggers reciting excerpts from their online journals. each piece will stand alone, but viewed in whole these sculptures will create a tapestry of random thoughts and passages revealing a broad spectrum of unique personalities, intellects and lifestyles. my intent is to present a slice of life, reveal human emotions and vulnerabilities, and give voice to those sharing their lives, both extraordinary and mundane, via the internet. this body of work will convey a common thread — that bloggers are driven by a simple, yet very human, desire to be heard. 

Entry deadline: postmarked no later than July 31, 2005

May 27, 2005

PhotoboothConvention.jpgThe Photobooth Convention is just around the corner and we are getting very excited. Regardless of where you are in the USA, you can still make it to the convention if you start driving now. I’ve been busy getting things in order here, and as a result have been a bit slow to post in the past few weeks. I do have a lot to post about (Philly photobooths, my trip to Photo-Me) but it will have to wait until post-convention. Hope to see some of you there.

If you can’t make it but would like to keep tabs on the event, continue to visit the main convention page where we will be posting notes and photos from throughout the convention.

May 03, 2005

Real Simple - May 2005 - p103This image, found in the May 2005 issue of Real Simple magazine, takes the cake for the most ambitious faked photobooth yet. The booth is real, I do believe, but the metal delivery chute has been moved (in Photoshop) from the side of the photobooth mechanism (camera, darkroom), to the side where the subject sits. For this configuration to function, either 1) the person sitting for their picture will have to slip the picture in the chute (then step outside and retrieve it) or 2) the picture must be beamed via an as-of-yet undiscovered technology to the metal chute. Perhaps this is a booth from the future.

Also worth noting is the signage that was most certainly removed (again, with the help of Photoshop) to make room for the article title and lead-in.

The article gives 14 tips on how to look great in a snapshot. Some highlights include: how to avoid the dreaded double chin (keep below the level of the lens), avert a fake smile (don’t say cheese, think of something funny), and evade the evil red-eye (dilate your pupils by looking at a bright light).

April 25, 2005

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Domino, billed as “the shopping magazine for your home,” is the latest offering from the Condé Nast empire. The debut issue features a story about three mother-daughter duos and their decorating similarities. Each duo is pictured in a black and white photostrip. Check out the online preview here. more…

April 25, 2005

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In the May 2005 issue of Reader’s Digest, the editors select “America’s 100 Best” falling in six categories: Legacies, Passions, Adventure, Innovations, Time Off, and Connections. In the Time Off section, old-fashioned photobooths are named the Best Snapshots. We most wholeheartedly agree.

For an interactive web-version of the article, click here, then click on the state of Texas.

more…

April 16, 2005

childish-warhol.jpgTwo oft-cited but hard to find photobooth art books are currently listed on eBay. The first is photo-booth, a zine-like photobooth pic book by Billy Childish (prolific rocker, poet, artist, author). It purports to be the artist’s personal copy, but my guess is that it probably isn’t Billy’s personal copy, rather one of a small number of Artist’s Proofs that were printed. Rare, nonetheless.

The second book, Andy Warhol Photobooth Pictures, is the exhibition catalog from the 1989 Andy Warhol photobooth exhibit at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York. I have never seen this book in person, but occasionally see it listed in online bookstores. It never lists for less than $250. Perhaps this is a chance to get it for cheap.

Tim | 2:09 pm | Art
April 08, 2005

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Bob Kevoian, co-host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show The Bob & Tom Show, got married this past weekend. The Indianapolis Star reports that the reception featured lots of great local music and a photobooth.

April 04, 2005

A recent article in City Pages laments the change in ownership of local Minneapolis/St. Paul musical venue The Turf Club, but notes the “photo booth that launched a thousand romances” will persist. The broken photobooth (experienced by Mr. Meacham in November of 2004) seems to have been fixed (or so says the guy answering the phone there).

March 13, 2005

I am still trying to track down some video, but Andrea Avery alerted me to a photobooth story that aired this morning on the CBS News Sunday Morning show. I did manage to find this blurb:

PHOTO BOOTHS: Bill Whitaker takes us inside the venerable photo booth, whose pictures have become one of the hottest trends from Los Angeles to New York and whose history offers us a snap shot of pure Americana.