Herman Costa


Herman Costa had his first photobooth show in November of 1974.

From the Photomaton gallery guide:

"Gosh, can it be twenty years since I first fell in love with going into the photobooth? I spent a lot of time in the beginning documenting my life with- out realizing then that I was also laying the foundation for more serious work ahead. I am attracted to the photobooth because it takes a beautiful picture... fine-grained and beautiful. The machines make no negatives so each piece is perishable. I like the fact that each strip is in a series and naturally forms a grid when laid together. I enjoy the excitement of working in public though I do want a photobooth of my own."

For twenty years, Herman Costa has been spending afternoons in photobooths, pumping quarters and creating photo compositions. "I started," says Costa, "when everyone was growing their hair or shaving their heads. The shots became my record of that time." He had his first photobooth show in 1974... "Overexposed: 300 Photo booth Strips" at the Hartford Art School. In 1981, he began assembling individual strips into larger units and was invited by the Auto-Photo Company (manufacturer of photobooth machines) to come to their factory and use their machines to do his work.

His photobooth pieces have been published in Interview, New York Magazine, Christopher Street, Art Direction and the Village Voice. In 1986, one of his pieces was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art and exhibited in their new acquisitions show. His work has also been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Gracie Mansion Gallery. He has just completed shooting his first album cover for Warner Brothers. Costa received a B.F.A. in textile design from Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute and works as a textile designer and illustrator. He designs a line of photobooth jewelry with partners Lisa Lederer and Claire Connors, and is also a devoted super-8 filmmaker.

Contributed by Tim