The small images obtained in photo booths have always held a certain fascination. The exhibition 'Photo Booth Art', open at the KunstHaus Vienna until 13 Janurary 2013, explores the automated self portrait.
When the first 'Photomatons' were set up in Paris in 1928, they held a particular attraction for visual artists. The surrealists were the first to recognise the new invention's potential for their art. Many other artists followed suit, for example Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Thomas Ruff. In the mid-nineties, the booths largely disappeared from our city centres – in recent years, however, the analogue photo booth has enjoyed a kind of renaissance, and is increasingly seen as a cult object.
With over 300 exhibits by around 60 artists, the exhibition offers a comprehensive insight into the world of the photo booth – from the machine's basic function through to the artists' approach to playing with identities.
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