This gentleman obviously isn’t posing for an id photo, given the mildly amusing faces he is pulling. He is not showing Read More
How I wish I could have attended this event, and all the other past conventions for that matter. The conference was organised by Read More
This picture was sold with the title 1930s Vintage Photobooth Smiling Handsome Boy? Holding Doll. It comes from a Read More
This is a re-blog of part of a post written by Joel Rotenberg* for House of Mirth, a blog run by Stacy Waldman. Please check out this wonderful vintage photography site.
“Mark Glovsky** pointed out to me that nudity is oddly rare in photobooth portraits, and he is absolutely right. This is the only example I have. I think it’s pretty recent, so maybe it doesn’t even count.
Where is all the photobooth nudity? By rights it should be common. People had every reason to believe they would be the only ones who ever saw what they did in the booths; in this respect photobooths are like Polaroids, which aren’t processed by a lab and—for that very reason, I’ve always thought—are full of sex and nudity. And if you were a certain kind of person, wouldn’t you take the curtained-off booth as a dare?”
I agree with Joel that it is strange that there are not more extant nude photobooth photos. The likely scenario in my mind is that they were/are taken in abundance but discarded by embarrassed relatives, if discovered after the sitter’s demise or destroyed by the sitter themself, upon later reflection.
I have a fabulous male nude photobooth strip that I found at Euston Station in London about 20 years ago. It is more out-there than just nude and so I have not had the courage to publish it on my blog. I have already shared it privately with two other bloggers. One reply was a vetoe and I am hoping to get another opinion soon…
There are no details given about the location or date for this photo. I do love the expression on both of their faces.
*Joel Rotenberg is a writer and collector of vintage photographs. ** Mark Glovsky is a dealer in vintage photographs in the USA.
Through Näkki Goranin’s Facebook page, I found Fotoautomatica a photobooth company in Italy. They very kindly sent me this wonderful strip of photobooth photos. You can find their page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fotoautomatica.firenze. They have posted lots of photo strips from chemical booths and images of many old booths. I am guessing that hiring out photobooths is their business but as I don’t read Italian, I am only guessing.