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American Photobooth

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  114 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
“That a perceptive, dedicated, and sensitive artist like Näkki 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 grateful.”—from the foreword by David Haberstich

Generally relegated to the realm of kitsch, the history and cultura
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton Company
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David Bales
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you got a bit weepy at the end of Love Actually, this book is for you.
Kevin Bender
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book about some fascinating stories and technologies. with lots of photos!
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Photobooths! are one of my favorite subjects...but I wasn't so keen on the the layout. pretty average approach. nice historical references.
Just beautiful.
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book, I have read this book and I will keep reading and admiring the stories it tells.
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nakki Goranin had a show of American Photobooth at my gallery, Pine Street Art Works. This is a fascinating and beautiful book
Feb 13, 2008 added it
Shelves: didn-t-read
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 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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