Years ago, I saw a show at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, It was a show of vintage prison mug shots. I loved it, and I thought the images were fascinating. My attention to black and white small portraits was forever changed.
These are not mug shots. They are from photo booths from the 1920's through 1950's, At that time, many of the booths offered an option of framing your photo.
I always like finding them. To me, it shows the importance of that moment, understanding that the image frozen in time is important and relevant. Something to be saved.
The phone as a camera has certainly changed the experience of the photograph. Once a visit to the portrait studio, dressed for prosperity, has changed to the recording for some, of multiple moments throughout the day. Those personal poses in the photo booth have become much more public and visible for all to see.
Maybe that is one of the reasons I love these images. The feeling of the past and the special quality of those moments, capturing seriousness, laughter and love.
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