The History of The Photo Booth

Posted on Jul 29, 2016
The History of The Photo Booth

Since we’re in the business of hiring photo booths, it makes sense that we should know about the legacy of our product. Seems that photo booths have been around longer than you may realise, although without props and green screens for quite some time to follow.

There were many iterations of the photo booth that were invented, patented and brought to being, but the most concrete historical mention of the modern photo booth was related to a man named Anatolo Josepho. This Russian born man set out in his teens to become a world-class photographer. It was on Broadway in 1925 in New York City that his first photo booth was available for public use.

For a mere 25 cents, patrons could have their photo taken with Anatolo’s coin-operated invention. The photo booth would process and print eight photographs in about ten minutes. These became a hit amongst the public of New York, with over 280,000 people having their photos taken within the first six months of existence. They were soon erected all over America and Anatolo was paid $1,000,000 and the promise of future royalties for his idea.

By 1927, the popularity of the photo booth had spread to Europe and Canada, but it wasn’t until 1970 that the first colour photographs were printed via a photo booth. Now in 2016, we’re shooting photos set against green screens, with company branding, sharing them socially and delivering a premium, high definition finished product at the end of it. None of this would have been possible without the initial then “modern” invention courtesy of Anatolo Josepho.

Interested in hiring a photo booth for your next event? If it was a hit in 1925, you know it’s going to go down a treat now!

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Photo courtesy of: http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/AutoPortraitsDudkin.htm

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