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American Photobooth

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A fascinating history of an American institution that includes an extraordinary collection of photobooth images.
"That a perceptive, dedicated, and sensitive artist like Nakki Goranin has rescued from oblivion so many amazing self-portraits created by amateurs confronting themselves in the fleeting privacy of humble photobooths is yet another miracle for which we can be gr
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Kevin Bender
May 25, 2016 Kevin Bender rated it it was amazing
great book about some fascinating stories and technologies. with lots of photos!
David Bales
Jul 08, 2009 David Bales rated it it was amazing
A book that traces the beginnings of the automatic, coin-operated photobooth, which started in the early days of the twentieth century and became a national mania by the 1920s. The "photomaton" was a popular machine used by millions to print out cheap, high-quality photographs on vacations or visits to amusement parks. Edward Hanna of Utica started his own company in the early 1950s and cleaned up.
Jan 04, 2009 Marginalia2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only is the history fascinating and illuminating, but the photos are so intriguing Nakki tells of the long lines at the 42nd Street booth and the soldiers and sailors who took their photos before leaving for the front (WWII). It makes me wonder about those photos—who came back, how did they come back?
Jun 26, 2008 Bee rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I've been lamenting to friends for years now about how sad I am that photobooths are a lost art. I've always loved them and I still drag whomever I'm with into them on the rare occasions I find one. This was a lovely book to skim through.

My favorite photo is on page 93.
I started to read the essay about the evolution of the photobooth and got distracted and didn't finish it. But most people will get this book for the photobooth pictures, which were striking.
Joel Wiebner
Jan 10, 2011 Joel Wiebner rated it it was amazing
This book is more than just a collection of great photobooth images. The author took the history of this phenomenon and wove it into a story with a wonderful list of characters.
Aug 01, 2008 Holly rated it liked it
Photobooths! are one of my favorite subjects...but I wasn't so keen on the the layout. pretty average approach. nice historical references.
Oct 22, 2009 Liza rated it it was amazing
Nakki Goranin had a show of American Photobooth at my gallery, Pine Street Art Works. This is a fascinating and beautiful book
Oct 26, 2008 monica rated it it was amazing
I am reading this book, I have read this book and I will keep reading and admiring the stories it tells.
May 01, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
If you got a bit weepy at the end of Love Actually, this book is for you.
Feb 07, 2010 Marissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
A great collection of vintage shots from photobooths.
Apr 26, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Just beautiful.
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