In Segovia’s Plaza Mayor there’s a photo booth. When you put your money in a beep tells you that it’s about to take your photo and you should get yourself ready. That’s the cue to put on your best smile, open your eyes wide, and concentrate. A few minutes later you’ll have a lovely photo, all printed out for you. These automatic photo booths were invented by Anatol Josepho, a Russian entrepreneur who set up the first ever photo booth in New York in 1925. Today, these booths have a real vintage air about them, although they still blend in with the urban landscape. With the advent of smartphones and the strange craze for taking selfies the photo booth no longer plays a role in our lives. They make me feel nostalgic. Why aren’t there more of them in our cities? They provide the ideal way to capture the very essence of a smile.
17 February, 2016