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American Photobooth

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American Photobooth by Nakki Goranin
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A fascinating history of an American institution that includes an extraordinary collection of photobooth images. "That a perceptive, dedicated, and sensitive artist like N?kki 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, N?kki 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." Over 200 color and black-and-white photographs.

Author Biography

Nakki 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.
Release date Australia
February 17th, 2008
Author
Contributor
Foreword by David Haberstich
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
WW Norton & Co
Pages
224
Dimensions
218x254x18
ISBN-13
9780393330762
Product ID
2488292

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