Archive: Booth Locations

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 “” while waiting for his photos to come out. “Hey,” I said, “We’re!” 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.

May 09, 2012

We’re just over a week away from the beginning of the 2012 International Photobooth Convention, for which we’re making what can only be described as feverish preparations. The booths are lined up. The shirts are ready. The posters are ready. The art is arriving. The catalog is being printed. The raffle prizes are being gathered. And soon, people will be flying from Paris and Nottingham, from Chicago and St. Louis, to join us in Venice for a weekend of photobooth fun.

While I have a second before full‐tilt convention mania hits, I wanted to post about a new location we learned of this week: following quickly on the heels of the news about the new booth at Netil House in London, Paul Walker at the legendary Fred Aldous shop in Manchester let us know about their beautiful Model 17, now installed and working in their shop. We’re excited to learn about a third photochemical machine in the UK, and we hope more will join these three pioneers.

May 02, 2012

London’s getting a new photobooth, thanks to the gang at Photoautomat. Check out their blog for all of the details on their opening, which will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 3 at Netil House.

April 18, 2012

My how time flies. The 2012 International Photobooth Convention is just a month away.

As the planning goes on behind the scenes, we’ve added a few events to the schedule. The Los Angeles Photobooth Crawl has been on the books for awhile, and on Sunday, I visited eight photobooth locations on a dry run for the event. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Last night, we actually closed registration for this post‐convention event, which will happen on Sunday night, May 20. We’ve reached capacity at this point, but will be keeping a wait list, as people’s plans will undoubtedly change in the next month or so. Contact us if you’d like to get on the wait list.

Back by popular demand, Anthony Vizzari of A & A Studios in Chicago will be leading another workshop, in which convention‐goers can learn “Alternative Processes in Photostrip Reproduction.” The workshop will be held on Saturday at 4:00 pm, and will focus on the hand reproduction of photobooth photographs. The workshop will be more of a lab than an instructional session, and experimentation will be encouraged. The workshop is limited to 15 participants, and has a $25 fee for materials. Sign up for the event by emailing me.

As part of the convention, we’re assembling what should be a terrific show of photobooth art. As we work on putting that together, we’ve spruced up some of the listings in our Art section. We’ve added a few photos of artists that were missing before, and added some new artists as well.

We’ve also been working on other sections of the site. We’ve added what is just the third film we’ve found from that photobooth heyday decade, the 1950s. The film is Quicksand, a film noir starring Mickey Rooney (yes, noir Mickey Rooney) and Peter Lorre, who plays a man who runs an arcade on the pier, complete with a Photomatic booth. Thanks to Elisa for the tip.

A remarkable video clip made its way around the web last week showing a man in a nursing home coming to life after hearing some of his favorite music. The clip is from a documentary feature called Alive Inside, and we caught a glimpse of some photobooth photos in one scene.

In the realm of TV, we added scenes from a 1985 episode of the British talk show Wogan, in which guest Liz Rideal talks about her massive photobooth collage project, which is seen on stage. Thanks, Liz!

And finally, I’m a little embarrassed to admit it’s taken me this long, but I’ve finally added two new photobooth locations in my own backyard here in L.A. The Churchill in West Hollywood and Mohawk Bend in Echo Park both feature Photo‐Me Model 21s that get a lot of use. We’re always glad to see new booth locations to help balance out the ones that disappear each month. Speaking of, the legendary Lakeside Lounge in New York is closing this month, and they’re looking for a new home for their beloved photobooth. Help keep this photobooth alive and well and in the East Village!

March 04, 2012

As we settle back in from the Lausanne and Zurich trip and look forward to the 2012 Convention in less than three months, we’re also keeping up with new additions to the site from things we’ve spotted ourselves to the many contributions we receive from our readers every week. Thanks again, everyone, for getting in touch.

First, we’ll start with the moving image. We’ve known about a photostrip appearance in the short‐lived Craig T. Nelson show “The District” since we started the site, but never had a chance to get proof. We did some trawling and finally came up with the images from an episode called “Rage.”

Just a few weeks ago, and honest‐to‐goodness photochemical machine showed up on “Saturday Night Live” when Zooey Deschanel, already an aficionado of the booth both personally and professionally, hosted the show. A sketch called “Bein’ Quirky with Zooey Deschanel” saw Deschanel playing Mary‐Kate Olsen, and Abby Elliott playing Deschanel.

We also have new photobooth photo appearances from David Cross’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” and a documentary called Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox.

After meeting brothers Russ and Greg Goeken in Lausanne, we’re now happy to be able to list their photobooths in our directory: Greg runs the booth at the Shangri‐La in Austin, and Russ oversees the booth at the Congress Street Social Club in Savannah, Georgia.

We’ve heard about some booths in Atlanta over the years, but never had any confirmation (jklax, I’m looking at you), so this booth marks the first booth in our listings from Georgia, and is certainly the only photochemical machine in Savannah. Here’s to many years of success for both booths in these great cities.

We have a number of new books listed, from books made in photobooths to books about photobooths to books that merely mention the machines. First, Paul Yates kindly sent us a copy of his new book, Privacy is a Myth. The book’s Blurb page describes it as “a monograph of Filmmaker Paul Yates’ 25 years of photobooth photography. From Surreal to Sexy, from Degenerate to Intimate–these photobooth strips reveal more about Yates’ personal life than one could imagine. Homeless at 15, already an artist, Yates struggled to find an outlet for his passions…the ubiquitous photobooth machine was his answer!”

Next, we have the photostrip‐sized collection called Falten, Fächer by painter and photographer Hansjürg Buchmeier, who I was happy to have met in Lausanne and who is now listed in our Art section.

We added a couple of books with mentions of the booth this week as well: from James Marshall’s well‐known “George and Martha” series, the book Tons of Fun features a “Clickopics” photobooth.

The English writer Zadie Smith’s On Beauty features a long, sad, “Baldy Man”-esque sequence in a London photobooth.

Once again, we need to thank Les Matons for more in their steady stream of contributions: this week, they tipped us off to a catalog from a 1985 show about identity photos that features many photobooth works: Identités.

Additionally, they clued us in to the French recording artist Kim, who has used photobooth photos on at least fifteen albums, singles, and E.P.s over the last two decades. We’ve listed as many as we could find (currently at fifteen) in our Music section, from this split single from 1994 to La cuisine selon certains principles from 2001. More information on Kim (born Kim Stanislas Giani in 1977) on his site and on French Wikipedia.

January 22, 2012

We have a few new location updates to add to our directory, all of which are testament to the resurgence of the photochemical booth in the twenty‐first century.

First, we heard from reporter Cassie Harwood of the East Bay Express, who wrote an article titled “Photographic Memories,” about a new photobooth in Oakland. Photobooth enthusiast Lisa Mancini recently purchased a photochemical booth, and has installed it at 1–2-3–4 Go! Records, a shop and performance venue in Oakland.

The next day, I heard from reader and frequent contributor Victoria, who provided us with a photograph and scan from the booth so we could add it to our directory. Thanks to both Cassie and Victoria for getting in touch.

This week, we heard from Matteo Sani of Fotoautomatica, an Italian photobooth organization with booths in Florence and Livorno. The booths are both beautiful Model 22s, located outside on the street for all to use.

First, the Livorno photobooth is located on the Via del Vecchio Lazzaretto.


The Florence photobooth resides on the Via dell’Agnolo.


Thanks to Matteo for these beautiful photos.

Next, we move onto Berlin, where Ole has let us know about a couple of locations that have come and gone in this European photobooth capital.

First, the bad news: the second booth on Kastanienallee has been removed, but two more new booth locations have popped up.

First, a new booth is located on Moritzplatz, near Kreuzberg.

Second, a new booth, seen at right, now stands outside the arts venue ACUD.

As we prepare for the historic gathering of photobooth artists, enthusiasts, and fans in Switzerland in a few weeks, it’s encouraging to know that the photochemical booth is still alive, well, and flourishing around the world.

Thanks again to Cassie, Victoria, Matteo, and Ole for these contributions. Keep them coming, everyone!

January 05, 2012

Tune into the History Channel on Monday, January 9 to see what happens when Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz (otherwise known as the American Pickers) pay a visit to Jack White and Third Man Records (seen above, with not one but two photobooths). According to this piece on, the guys try to tempt Jack with a taxidermy elephant head, in exchange for the photobooth used in the Hang You from the Heavens video he made with his band, The Dead Weather.

Watch a preview for the episode on the Third Man YouTube Channel.

UPDATE: You can watch the episode on the History Channel website here.

December 19, 2011

It’s been a busy few months here at 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.

October 09, 2011

We present today three new locations from up and down the Atlantic coast.

First, thanks to artist and author Nakki Goranin for sending in info and photos of her booth located at Speaking Volumes, a bookstore in Burlington, Vermont. We’re pleased to have another new state added to our tally, and glad to have Nakki’s well‐traveled booth listed in our directory.

Next, heading northeast a bit we find a color photobooth in the Bridgewater Mall in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Thanks to our trusty Canadian correspondent Meags Fitzgerald for passing on the scoop on this booth, which is the first outside of Halifax that we have listed for the province.

And finally, we head southwest to Orlando, Florida, a city that we know has its share of photobooths, but which has been until now un‐represented in the directory. Thanks to Le Milford for breaking the ice and getting us started with photos and info on a booth at Will’s Pub. We’ve heard stories of dozens of photobooths in Orlando over the years, and without a trip planned there in the near future, we’re relying on our readers to follow Le Milford’s lead and submit these photobooths so we can add them to our directory.

Thanks again for everyone’s contributions, and we’ll be back tomorrow with another update on Photobooths in Movies.

September 18, 2011

It’s time for some more updates. This round is brought to you thanks completely to our contributors around the globe, without whom we’d be, well, a lot smaller and less well‐informed.

First, thanks to everyone who’s written to let us know about the upcoming photobooth exhibition in Switzerland next February. The show, titled “Derrière le rideau: l’esthétique du photomaton” (“Behind the Curtain: The Beauty of the Photobooth”), has veritably set the photobooth world on fire, if such a thing is possible.

We’ve heard about the show, which will take place at the Musee de l’Elysee, a photography museum in Lausanne, from folks all over the world, artists and enthusiasts alike. From the sound of it, the show seems as though it will bring together an impressive collection of artwork as well as an examination of the history, the technology, and the cultural impact of the booth. We’re working on a contribution to the show, and I hope we’ll be able to attend at some point during its run, from February 17 to May 20, 2012.

Next up, we’ve got a number of updates on locations, including a couple of firsts. First off, our first photobooth listing in Ireland! If you’re planning a trip to the Emerald Isle, be sure to put Shebeen Chic, a restaurant, bar, and music venue in Dublin, on your itinerary. Ireland’s only photochemical photobooth will be waiting for you there. We’ve been hearing about this location for awhile, and thanks to Imogen for submitting photos and info for our directory.

Another first, here in the U.S.: our first location in state of Indiana. Thanks to Trent for letting us know about his booth at Albert Photographic in Chesterton, Indiana. Our Photobooth Directory has now reached the magical number of 30 states (plus Washington, D.C.), and we’re happy to see the list continue to grow. Send us an update or a new location if you’ve got one.

We also have some new listings in some established photobooth meccas: first, Portland, Oregon, home to two new locations, at Spirit of 77 and Beulahland. Thanks, Victoria!

And finally, we have two new locations in Los Angeles, at The Smell and at The One Eyed Gypsy, both downtown. Thanks, Emma and Raul!

We also heard from Dutch photographer Daniel Heikens this week about his new book (available here on of facial hair in the photobooth. He used the wonderful booth at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco to do his work. Thanks, Daniel.

Next up, we’ll be getting to some long‐overdue updates to our Movies and TV section, thanks to tips from our watchful eyes around the world. For now, though, that’s all. Thanks again, everyone.