Photobooths Around the World
In their heyday, photobooths dotted the landscape in five and dime stores, bus stations, and amusement parks from coast to coast. These days, as big box stores take over from Woolworth's, and digital technology touches every aspect of daily life, old-style photographic process photobooths have been relegated to scrap heaps.
At the same time, their antique status and nostalgic appeal have made them attractive to people with a sense of history and an attachment to the fleeting, unique nature of the non-digital process.
In the last ten years, photobooths have made a modest comeback, finding safe haven in bars, restaurants, art galleries, and out-of-the-way amusement parks that haven't yet felt the digital pull.
As the digital revolution churns on and it becomes more difficult to maintain photochemical photobooths, the Photobooth Directory will catalog the appearance and disappearance of booths around the world.
In this section of the site, we will highlight the booths that remain going strong, keep tabs on the ones that move into private collections, and remember the ones that have disappeared altogether. We rely on the watchful eyes of our readers around the world to help keep us on top of the happy arrival of a photobooth in a new location or the lamented loss of a favorite old machine. Look around our listings, and if you know about a machine that doesn't show up here or if our information is out of date, please get in touch.
Find out how to contribute a new location, or email us an update on an existing booth.