Photo by Donna Demaio for 3AW
Clowning about in the famous Flinders Street photobooth. 30 April 2018
“The photo booth will not be removed from Flinders Street Station. We understand the significance of this photo booth and are working closely with the owner to find a new location at the station.”
Metro, the company that owns the station, now say that they understand the significance of the photobooth yet, only last week, they gave the owner Alan Adler, ten days notice to remove it after 46 years of its presence at the station. Grrr!
Metro changed their tune after local and national media coverage. Yesterday local radio station 3AW did a piece about the saga, as did National Nine News on television.
A local photographer Pinot Nior lent a hand. His post about the booth has had 989 shares, so far. One of his photos of Alan and the booth is below.
There were website articles, most notably at Broadsheet Melbourne and a print article in The Age newspaper this morning.
There is a new Instagram page started by Veronica Charmont @flindersphotobooth where anyone can share photos from the booth.
There is also a book proposed by Phoebe Veldhuizen to collect together as many examples from the booth as possible.
Last but not least there is the Facebook group started by Sarah Rossiter, “Save The Flinders Street Photobooth”, which I told you about in my last post on this subject. The group has kept me and many others abreast of the developing story.
So one hopes that this is a permanent stay of execution but given bureaucratic tendencies towards stupidity I won’t be holding my breath!
(In the two photos below, Alan is holding a copy of Nakki Goranin‘s book American Photobooth, which is my bible for all things photobooth related.)
Photo copyright Pinot Nior
Photo by Christopher Sutherland