Saturday, September 11, 2021

Finding the last analog photo booths in the country.

A couple years ago, when I first began collecting snapshots and photo booth images, I started to wonder where all the photo chemical booths had gone and if any still remained. In a bit a luck, while planning a trip to Chicago in December 2020, I checked the locator and found the most recently updated listing (3.5 years prior) at Quimby's Bookstore. After giving the store a call and excitingly receiving confirmation that the booth was still up and running, I visited Quimby's not once but twice during my trip. Producing 4 strips in total, each costing $4 and taking around 5-7 mins to develop, I happily recreated (sometimes quite failingly or sillily) some of my favorite poses.

Just about a week ago, while on a trip to the Whitney Museum in NYC, my girlfriend and I came across another booth in their gift shop. We produced 2 strips in total, one for each of us and each costing $10. Having wanted to take photo booth images of us together for the better part of year now, it felt quite serendipitous that we happened to be at the right place at the right time with one of the last 100 or so machines in the country.

All the best,

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