Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Everyone Loves the Photobooth: 5 Photobooth Photobooks and examples!

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Have you ever been to someplace and you see a booth with that classic curtain?  You step in.  Put your money in the slot and quickly pose for the 4 consecutive shots.  Perhaps by yourself or with a friend or with a bunch of friends.  Hope the photos come out ok.  You just experienced a photobooth.  There are some classics shots out there and I have one in my scrapbook somewhere.  Well there's tons of information out there about photobooths.  I bet photobooth photos would make a great photobook.  Well, there are some already out there.  Here's a list of 5 books about the American phenomonon: The Photobooth.

Hilhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures

Hilhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures is comprised of wacky and outrageous picture strips of Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, Heidi Klum, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Tucker, Kim Cattrall, Jackie Chan, Dino De Laurentiis, Clive Davis, Aaliyah, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, Quincy Jones, Ralph Fiennes, Rod Stewart, Val Kilmer, Liv Tyler, Harvey Keitel, Jay-Z ... and many, many more!  

American Photobooth

A fascinating history of an American institution that includes an extraordinary collection of photobooth images.

“That a perceptive, dedicated, and sensitive artist like Näkki Goranin has rescued from oblivion so many amazing self-portraits created by amateurs confronting themselves in the fleeting privacy of humble photobooths is yet another miracle for which we can be grateful.”—from the foreword by David Haberstich Generally relegated to the realm of kitsch, the history and cultural importance of the photobooth has long been overlooked...“For anyone who assumes that photobooth pictures are perfunctory, utilitarian records at best, the range of emotions and moods portrayed by the subjects of [this] collection is a revelation.”

Photobooth: The Art of the Automatic Portrait

Since its introduction to the public in September of 1926 on a street corner in New York City, the automatic photobooth has captured the interest of the general public and fine artists alike. Raynal Pellicer, author of Mug Shots, examines the self-portraits—sometimes practical, sometimes whimsical—produced by this enduring 20th-century novelty.

The countless documents included here feature shots of Francis Bacon, Billy Childish, Allen Ginsberg, John F. Kennedy, Anne Frank, Salvador Dalí, André Breton, Wim Wenders, Walker Evans, and John Lennon, among others. Photobooth draws a fantastic inventory of artistic variations on the snapshot, bringing together works of art and self-portraits of persons both known and unknown, from the 1920s to the present.

MTV Photobooth: An MTV Overground Book

Over 200 celebrities. 61 sunglasses. 44 tongues. 28 goofy faces. 15 middle fingers. 14 blown kisses. 12 heavy metal signs. 8 threesomes. 5 nosepickings, 2 nipples, and 1 bare ass. Enter the secret space of MTV's world-famous Times Square studio photobooth and see what only the camera has as you stare straight into the faces--and some other body parts we can't mention here--of your favorite stars. You've seen them on TRL, DFX and other MTV programs, but you've never seen them like this, vamping, posing, giggling, and goofing in strip after outrageous four-photo strip. From Jennifer Lopez to Janet Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne to Blink 182, and Mike Myers to Madonna, MTV Photobooth brings you face-to-face with your favorite stars.


In 1925 the Siberian immigrant Anatol Josepho had an idea for a small curtain-enclosed booth where people could take affordable portraits anonymously and automatically. The photobooth was born. Within 20 years there were more than 30,000 in the United States alone, an explosive growth due largely to World War II, as soldiers and loved ones exchanged photos, hoping to cling to memories or moments in a world turned upside down. But by the 1960s the advent of Polaroid photography spelled the doom of the "four strip" that had become a fixture at arcades and drugstores everywhere.

Photobooth presents over 700 such photographs from the last 75 years, images at turns spontaneous and uninhibited, often goofy, and occasionally touching. It is a fascinating portrait of everyday people and a testament to the ongoing fascination with both the process and the result.

Do you have a photobooth photo?  Where was the last time you did a photobooth photo?