Prid 302: The Photo Booth

i have been thinking about how people like to use photo booths both old fashion and modern – to pull funny faces and be able to laugh at themselves.

Photo Booth Self-Portrait, ca. 1963
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
Gelatin silver prints

This pair of photo-booth strips is one of Warhol’s earliest experiments with photography. For Warhol, as a source entertainment and private self get-away. Behind the curtains, the sitter could adopt a succession of different roles, each captured in a single frame; the resulting in a strip of four poses – possible showing the layers up the users personality, or even their auto ego.

The modern day most popular photo booth, has to be the built in software application on Apple Macs:

it takes a photo with the built- in or external web cam. What makes this photo booth different towards the rest if the many different number of effects it has on offer, such as:

Standard effects

* Sepia
* Black & White
* Glow
* Colored Pencil
* Thermal Camera
* X-Ray
* Pop Art
* Comic
* Mirror
* Dent
* Stretched
* Squeezed
* Fish eye
* Tunnel

Users like to you this to amuse themselves as well as others with this software – most people will even upload the end results. This is all good fun and brings lots of laughs, but are people really thinking about that they are uploading their portrait – personal identify for all to see. This is again why I want to do an public project to see how willing people are to have their face on show.

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5 responses to “Prid 302: The Photo Booth

  1. The Warhol photo strips are cool.
    Need to have a look at what else he did.
    Any clues where to find more of his photo booth work?

  2. Yeah, the guys at photobooth.net are doing a good job. I met them last summer in London.
    Thanks. the booth always likes to meet new people. Hope you both have fun.

    • have you heard of Postsecret? I think for my final year project I may do something similar to this, but with the idea of a photobooth…arrrrgh i cant get an idea that i want to stick with, and the clock is ticking very quickly 😥

  3. Hmh, just had a look at that.
    Nice project, but incorporating a photo booth, hmh. It’s not really a secret any more if you take a photo of you. Well, you could wear masks.
    Also, not many people have a photo booth around (you mentioned time is short)
    You could stage it with friends instead.
    Good luck. Give me a shout if you need some help.

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