Starting on Monday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit 100 Years Of Portrait Photography In West Africa. Works of Seydou Keïta of Mali, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere of Nigeria, and Malian photographer Malick Sidibé will be displayed. Flashback Friday! Last Fall, The Booth had the honor of joining The Africa Center to recreate historical photographs from West Africa. We can't wait for the next inspired Photo Booth project! See a few of our recreations (right) along with the originals (left) below.
The modern concept of the Photo Booth originated 90 years ago by Anatol Josepho. After his arrival from Russia in 1923, Josepho successfully showcased the first Photo Booth in 1925 on Broadway, New York City. Within the first 6 months more than 280,000 people used the popular photo booth.
As a team favorite, we were happy to learn about Richard Avedon's use of the photo booth. In 1957, Esquire magazine delivered one of Mutascope’s art deco booths to Avedon’s New York studio.
“According to the article, Avedon ‘has long asserted that true photographic talent cannot be restrained by a camera’s technical limitations.’ The Esquire editors picked celebrities and challenged Avedon to produce photographs. The resulting photomatic essay is stunning, including images of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote and Ethel Merman.” – From ‘A History of the Photobooth’, PanModern.com
Last night, we had the pleasure of joining Convene for their Christmas in August event. The meet and greet was held at their Park Avenue location, as you can tell, guests kept it really cool in our Cinemagraph Booth. Dancing, disco balls, streamers, the friendly Convene team, and fun-seeking guests created the perfect mix and a night to remember. Check out all the fun below! Rifko Meier of Oysters XO and the Oyster Girls know how to strike a pose!
Light painting was created by pioneer Gjon Mili, who shot a series of experimental light painting photos of a violinist in 1952. With a long exposure and by attaching a light to the Violinist's bow, Mili captured the image below.
Photographer Stephen Orlando's recent light painting with music is absolutely stunning. By attaching LED lights to the bows of violin, viola, and cello players, Orlando is able to capture a creative representation of the sounds created by musicians. A great article on petapixel.com.
Inspiration for our next music industry client has been found! Check out some images from our past Light Painting Photo Booths.
Our videographers and technicians certainly felt the heat in Miami a few weeks ago. We were honored to join Univision at the Miami Surfcomber Hotel for DJ@PJ, an event where top DJ's battle for a chance to spin at the 12th Annual Premios Juventud Awards. The theme was a perfect fit for our Cinemagraph Booth (customized with a professional DJ Console!) All the guests shared their new files and excitement through our social media station. We give a big thanks to the Univision team and our Miami team for all their hard work.
Last week, we took our New York Photo Booth skills to San Diego and created a custom setup for the Scream Queens ride at Comic-Con. With six DSLRs stationed 20 feet up in the air, we captured fans screaming as they dropped 120 feet! As guests exit the ride, they were able to visit our social media station to view and share their exciting new photos.
NASA’s New Horizons probe finally reached Pluto and its dwarf moon, Charon. After traveling 9 years and 3.6 billion miles, New Horizons took hundreds of images on Tuesday morning. With three cameras on board, the most impressive is "Ralph." A camera equipped with a 75mm lens at f/8.7, capable of capturing visible light and some infrared light. As New Horizons traveled away from the sun, temperatures drop causing materials to shrink. Lisa Hardaway, an engineer at Ball Aerospace in Colorado knew "Ralph" would have to be built almost entirely of one type of material.
“We actually built the mirrors and the chassis out of aluminum so that as they shrink, they would shrink together, to maintain the same focal length. We could do a reasonable test on Earth and still expect the same quality image,” Hardaway says.
Even the camera’s mirrors were made out of aluminum. To turn dull aluminum into mirrors, Ball sharpened it with diamonds. The lens was one of the few pieces of the camera that could be safely made out of glass.
A huge mission. An impressive camera. One set of historic photographs.
Mervyn O'Gorman was an accomplished English electrical and aircraft engineer. His interest in photography led him to become a pioneer of color photography. In 1913, O'Gorman composed the photographs below, today they are featured in many exhibitions around the world. Using the Autochrome Lumière process, he skillfully captured his daughter, Christina in a series of color photographs. The shallow depth of field was created by long exposures and a large aperture, a style many photographers appreciate. Our team enjoys taking on photographer inspired projects, O'Gorman may be our next one!
President Barack Obama proclaims June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. We are proud to work with companies such as the Anti-violence Project and The Center for Anti-violence education. One thing is for sure, we are all happy to see this progression and will always be supporters.
A great article on NPR, Son Lux's "Change Is Everything" music video is some of the best stop motion we have ever seen. This reminded us of the stop motion clips we created for airbnb at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Director, Nathan Johnson and the Producers, The Made Shop took stop motion to a whole new level. Two long weeks, over 4,000 frames, and many sore fingers later. This Masterpiece was created. We cannot wait for our next stop motion booth, does anyone sense a challenge brewing?
The Booth joins The Huffington Post for their 10th anniversary celebration!
The site launched on May 9, 2005, when blog sites were not considered as a news medium. Arianna Huffington, the Huffington Post's founder and editor-in-chief, said that her site proved to be a credible medium. Today the site reaches over 200 million unique visitors per month, and that is something worth celebrating!
The Booth joined Eleven Madison Park at their Annual Kentucky Derby party and as usual, we all had a blast. Neil Patrick Harris photo bombing a group and then showing off a glamorous pose. Can you say legen... wait for it... dary! Even Aziz Ansari was goofing around with our giant sunglasses prop. Bring it on Preakness!
We had the honor of being a part of Ilana and Matthew's elegant wedding. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, it's great to see a couple receive acknowledgment. Theknot.com posted an article about the fabulous day and tagged all the vendors, including The Booth! Not only did Ilana and Matthew create memories for a lifetime, but their guests left our booth with 4x6 prints they can cherish for years to come.
Even The booth was wagging their tails this weekend.
Sigurjon and Justin spent the weekend with Barkbox, the doggie product subscription service, turning cute dogs into glamourous superstars!
Our "puparazzi" coverage on the red carpet captured costumes, treats, and of course, the cutest pups in the world. We absolutely loved being part of the 1st Annual Kentucky Derpy, and can't wait to come back next year!
Our first annual spring fiesta was held at the Tortaria in NYC. Our staff proved they know how to create an unforgettable experience, not only on someone else's job, but at our own party! Channeling upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities, our group enjoyed margaritas, tacos, tortilla chips, margaritas, guacamole, margaritas and, oh, did we mention, margaritas? Leave it to a bunch of photographers to all leave their cameras at home. Thank goodness for iPhone photo technology.
The dogs at the Humane Society of Utah got a huge treat with the help of photographer, Guinivere Shuster. They found a creative way to show the world how cute and friendly rescues can be, Photo booth style.
We think every shelter should try this. We would be happy to help!
With faces like this, who could say no?