But then another layer “outside the booth” is placed onto the original photo--that of the collector who now owns the photo. Below are a few collectors' favorite photobooths which inhabit a digital world years away from that photobooth strip (and they nearly always were created in a four photo per strip format) which was eagerly clutched in someone’s hand, passed around to gales of laughter, or cut up and put in a wallet as a remembrance of a happy time, a fun vacation or perhaps an emerging crush with the person sharing the booth.
Robert E. Jackson
In no particular order:
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Double-exposure photobooth photos I think are really rare. This photo is magical to me and is one of my top favorites.
Robert E. Jackson
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This one just reads well. It has that bright enthusiasm one gets when even just thinking of going into a photobooth.
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This Popeye is a combination of two genres--the carnival image and the photobooth. I am always surprised to look through my collection and realize I have more of a particular type of image than I think I do. That's why I love it when asked to select a photo according to a theme, as it makes me think anew about that theme as it relates to the images in my collection.
For more on Sabine, click here.
People, in a small private space where they can be themselves, in front of a camera, with no one behind the camera. An automated mechanical process. The film is exposed and a narrative is created.
Was the man in the process of sitting next to the woman? Was he whispering? Trying to make her laugh? Or smile?
We'll never know. We don't need to.
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Obviously, the star of this photobooth image is the lack of detail in the face. Since the photobooth was designed to take your portrait, this was a photobooth failure. Photographic failures can be wonderfully poetic.
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