Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Inventor of the Photobooth

This interesting sepia toned print illustrates the Photomaton photo-booth, picturing the inventor Anatol Josepho demonstrating his creation. He eventually sold his invention for $1 million.

Josepho was the first to bring a photo-booth to market. Instead of film, the camera in his booth utilized a light-sensitive strip of paper. Each picture was unique. Many decades later, the artist Andy Warhol used the photo-booth extensively in his work. In fact, many of his silk screened portraits used photo-booth photos as their source, including his well-known self-portrait that later became a postage stamp.