The photobooth is back in fashion as artists, filmmakers and retro buffs call the shots
STRANGE and sometimes lovely things can happen inside a photobooth. Fantasies are played out, creativity overcomes constraint and friendships are captured in eternal freeze-frame. With curtain drawn and faces expectant, the famous, the destitute and the newly smitten have all submitted to the flash of the hidden camera, transforming the cupboard-like space into theatre, playground, or artist’s studio.
“Being able to close that curtain allows you to distance yourself from the world,” he says. “It becomes a place of freedom and fantasy. There’s nobody directing you. It’s a very private experience.
“Because the photobooth is stripped back . . . there are multifarious ways of documenting yourself. It’s quite like the Tardis. Anything can happen in there.”
Photobooth by Raynal Pellicer, Thames&Hudson, $55, will be released in March.
For your Sydney Photo booth experience go to www.cheekyphotobooth.com.au