Behind the Curtain: Gorgeous Vintage Photo Booth Art

Originally meant for official photographs and souvenir snapshots, the photo booth quickly became a beloved tool and source of inspiration for artists everywhere, who played with the concept of automatic portraiture and pushed the format as far as it could go. Our friends at Design Boom tipped us off to Behind the Curtain – the Aesthetics of the Photobooth, an exhibit of photo booth photography that opened yesterday at Swiss photography museum Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne. The exhibit explores photo booth photographs from artists like Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and André Breton, representing the medium’s presence not only in the Surrealist and Fluxus movements but across the aesthetic spectrum.  Click through to see a few wonderful pieces from the exhibit, and if you find yourself in the area, be sure to check out the full show, running until May 20th.

“Jonathan, Mickael, Priscilla, cabine du photomaton [Jonathan, Mickael, Priscilla, photobooth]” by Mathieu Pernot, 1996
© Mathieu Pernot / Collection Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne