Lately I have been looking around at the photo booth history in Google, mostly were about WHEN? they started they don’t really show much personality history however this website* inspired me so much as it explains the REAL history about Photo Booths.
In this website Kenneth Fleeter interviewed Nakki Goranin, a photographer, published an illustrated history of the machine called “American Photobooth” who collects all photo strips for years at actions, flea markets and antique stores to put in her book to talk about the REAL history on why Photo booths is so important. Goranin believes that photo strips tell the story of 20th century american history from the ground up. She got a website and blog coming up soon which i am excited about so i can read all her blogs about Photo Booths.
Back then before 1920s most portraits were made in studios many photos were coloured slightly enhancing the colours of lips and other features, then they made inexpensive process photography accessible to everyone. “For 25 cents people could go and get some memory of who they were, of a special occasion, of a first date, an anniversary, a graduation,” Goranin says. “For many people, those were the only photos of themselves that they had.”
Mid-century photo booths appeared everywhere even Jack and Jackie Kennedy stepped into one in 1950s. Yoko Ono and John Lennon added their strips in their Wedding Album. In the 1960s Andy Warhol shuttled models with rolls of quarters from booth to booth in New york city. Time magazine cover featured Warhol’s photo booth portraits of “Today’s Teenagers” in 1965.
I have located another website* where we can find the old-style photographic access photo booths, l have recently been searching to see if there is any in Australia, so far I have only found there is only 15 in Australia! None are currently located where i live in Queensland.
Maybe there is one in Queensland that someone could add to the website to let others know of its existence, I would love to go back in there it has been a while since i went to one.
I love to look at all those pictures its part of art. Photographers says that photos tells a story why not photo booth? They definitely do have so many stories. Its amazing that all those years things have changed you can tell by looking at the pictures also i am amazed that they still used props years back not like few years ago so i am going to share those pictures to show you why i feel amazed.
Back the days they thinks its okay to smoke but now things have changed wow look at that kid
Funny they used the cigars as props back then
This is the oldest photo booth picture I have seen so far.
*References / websites
Pictures and Interview with photographer Nikki Goranin by Kenneth R.Fletcher http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/four-for-a-quarter-7651349/
Pictures of JFK and Jackie Kennedy http://www.ldcfitzgerald.com/photobooth-candids-of-jfk-and-jackie/
Picture of Andy Warhol http://marvelmasterworksfansite.yuku.com/topic/28596/The-DC-Comics-Time-Capsule-December-1965?page=12#.WTSdaROGNBw
Old-style photographic access Photo Booths in Australia http://www.photobooth.net/