American Photobooth

American Photobooth

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American Photobooth by Nakki Goranin

A fascinating history of an American institution that includes an extraordinary collection of photobooth images.
“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 cultural importance of the photobooth has long been overlooked. Here, Näkki Goranin documents the invention, technological evolution, and commercial history of the photobooth with extensive illustrations culled from twenty-five years of collecting. Complementing this history is a powerful collection of heartbreaking, funny, and absolutely beautiful photobooth images. These often solitary figures—seeking freedom, confession, a thrill—are evocative of a lost time and place. Haberstich writes, “For anyone who assumes that photobooth pictures are perfunctory, utilitarian records at best, the range of emotions and moods portrayed by the subjects of [this] collection is a revelation.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330762
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/18/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Näkki Goranin, a Vermont photographer and historical photograph collector, has had her work shown in galleries, movies, and magazines. A former artist-in-residence with the Vermont Arts Council, she owns three vintage photobooths.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book delivers so much more than what you would expect. The history is exhaustive and fascinating from its heroic beginning to present day and occupies the first third of the book. The picture selection is outstanding and reproduced beautifully and Goranin's self-portraits show that she is an artist who can write and not a writer who can take pictures. This is the best photo-related book I've read in a decade.