Photgraphy: Photo Booth

Photo Booths were first developed in the late 1800’s and as you might guess completly unreliable. The modern concept of a photo booth originated with Anatol Josepho, a Russia immigrant,  in 1923. His first booth appeared in 1925 on Broadway in NYC. For 25 cents, the booth took, developed and printed 8 photos,  taking approximately ten minutes. In the first six months it was used by 280,000 people. The demand was so high that The Photomaton Company was created to place booths nationwide and take advantage of the new cheap photography craze. On March 27, 1927, Josepho was paid $1,000,000 and guaranteed future royalties for his invention. Not bad for 1927. Who hasn’t, at one point or another, made goofy-sexy-stupid faces in a photo booth, even the rich and famous.

James Dean

Elvis and Girfriend

Andy Warhol

Jackie & John Kennedy

Waylon Jennings & Buddy Holly

Tom Waits & Ricki Lee Jones

Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn

Gala & Salvidore Dali

Miles Davis

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe

Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn & Mel Ferrer

Unidentified Lady & Dog

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Posted on October 4, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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