January 28, 2011

The newspapers of Australia’s Fairfax Media Limited have hit the stands today with a one-two punch of photobooth-related stories by reporter Lindy Percival. First, the bad news: in The Age, Percival interviews Melbourne photobooth proprietor Alan Adler in a piece titled “Future of the old photo booth not so picture perfect” (archived on our site here). Adler, who has been running photochemical booths in Melbourne for nearly 40 years, sees the end of the business in sight, saying “We’re having trouble getting paper at the moment. I’ve got a couple of months’ supply and I’m hoping I get some more, but it’s becoming very expensive … We’ll keep going for another couple of years probably. But I’d sooner be playing with my grandchildren than playing with photo booths.” Here’s hoping he keeps up the booths as long as he can; we know those machines have a lot of fans (see our Melbourne listings here, here, and here).

Then, of course, there’s the good news. In a companion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald called “The strip of a lifetime” (archived here), Percival writes about the enthusiasts and artists who are still using the photochemical booths today, with a timely look at Raynal Pellicer’s book Photobooth: The Art of the Automatic Portrait (which we’ll review soon) and a mention of our site as well. Australia’s photobooths are some of the furthest-flung examples of the photochemical machine still in use today, cherished by locals and sought out by visitors, and we hope renewed interest thanks to these articles will help them continue well into the future.


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    Katherine Griffiths 

    Boy, Brian, you don’t waste anytime in getting your international photobooth news out and about. How did you find it so quickly? I only just found the article myself and Melbourne is my home town!! Well done!!!

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    Ah, the wonders of the Google Alert, keeping me informed about photobooths in the news for years now. 

    Is the article in the print version of the paper? Love to get a copy of it, or even just a scan, if you could swing it. Thanks!

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    Lindy Percival 

    Hi Brian, Lovely to see my photobooth stories on your website. Send me an email and I’ll try to get some print versions to you.

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    Alan also services: and

    both in the greater Melbourne area. But the article says he had six booths so I wonder where the last one was…!