Dorothy Handelman


From the Photomaton gallery guide:

"I primarily did photobooth from 1969-1976. I used a Woolworth's at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers and a Woolworth's in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The store managers certainly knew who I was!! I was intimidated by cameras and developing processes as a kid, and the instant gratification of the photobooth attracted me. I began working with myself because I was the most available subject. These match box pieces were done 16 years ago when I was 18. The layering of images and the surprise inside are what interested me about them."

"Photobooth introduced me to production values. I looked at my photobooth pictures as enactments, and sometimes it would take me three or four times to enact a picture that I was happy with. The execution of the image you conjure up is the most important thing. You have to make it believable. I work in advertising now, still inventing rather than taking my photos."

Dorothy Handelman is an advertising, editorial and portrait photographer whose work has been published in American Photographer, Best In Packaging, Photo Design, and Zoom. She received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. Her work was shown at Ohio Wesleyan University's "New Photographers" exhibit. Ms. Handelman has also designed and written many small press publications. Her photobooth pieces are the only three-dimensional works in this show.

Contributed by Tim