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Photobooth Hardcover – September 1, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
I find this book fascinating for several reasons. First, Hines has combed through flea markets and piles of other people's photos to come up with pictures taken in photobooths over the past 75 years. The pictures present a candid look at the history and fashion of the times. There are beautiful people, plain people, rich and poor. There are even little notes on the back of the strips of photos. The old-fashioned photobooths with film and chemicals and four shots per strip are, sadly, on their way out. They are being replaced by modern, more cost-effective versions with digital technology and laser prints. This book preserves a rapidly eroding piece of Americana. It makes you curious about the people in the photos, and, with the spare text in the book, you can almost fashion your own story.
I am enthralled with this book as a piece of history, an album of people we may have known or wish we'd known, and a fantastic project by a very persistent and devoted writer and historian.
The "Photomaton" invented by an Italian immigrant in 1925 was quickly bought by a NY financier, tho' there must have been some kind of precursor? (One customer image shown above is definitely from the early 1900s.) Those 'models' looked into the lens expectantly & honestly, knowing there would be no retouch job, but maybe wishing that "tinting" was more affordable. What an aura of glamour it gave.
In the 30s having pictures taken was still in the "treat" category, definitely a 'lark' - - on a par with an ice cream soda date! The selection of pictures printed on the back cover of the book do not altogether reflect the collection's breadth. Inside there are many photos of black men & women, and also much less affluent persons. They DO mirror the times. I regret they do not share space on the book's cover.
"PHOTO BOOTH" is a book for sharing - - nostalgia will spill over into laughter. Imaginations may even be dusted off. (****mcHAIKU/5-10-05)
A collection of exceptional images, different sizes, some hand colored, others sepia or b/w.
I love this book, have many copies, always giving them to photographer friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this a decade ago. It is still the most popular coffee table book that my guests flip through.Published 6 months ago by Ashlee
For such a great price I wasnt too sure about the quality, but wow! Not only is this a great book in general; it is in great condition. Happy customer here!Published on April 12, 2013 by Bonnie L
This book is somewhere between art and history. I really enjoyed looking at the photographs. It makes you think. A great coffee table book.Published on August 4, 2009 by Katy Davis
This book is exactly what I expected. If you love pcitures of people you don't know, you'll love this book.Published on January 16, 2007 by S. Conrad
Affascinante retrospettiva, che stabilisce un punto di partenza (o arrivo?) di un particolare capitolo della storia della fotografia che non è mai stato adeguatamente... Read morePublished on August 27, 2005 by Graphia Srl