Celebrating 95 Years Of The Photobooth
To celebrate it’s 95th Birthday, we thought we’d compile a history of photobooths, comparing the photo booth, from back in the 1900s when it was first patented, to now, where technology has elapsed so much that rather than taking a black and white portrait, you can now not only have a colour photo, but add digital props, and use green screen to change your background. And let’s not forget the important feature of uploading to social media!
History of Photo Booths
1928 – The Photomaton is created
On January 17 1928 A gentleman and passionate photographer named Anatol M Josepho received the first US patent for a fully automatic photographic film-developing machine. This was named the Photomaton, and was found in the streets of New York at subway stations. For just 25 cents, patrons could have their photograph taken instantly. The Photomaton would process and print eight photographs in ten minutes.
1970 – The power of colour
It took nearly 40 years before the photo booth was able to print colour photos.
The first camera phone is launched in the UK and people start to take more photos (and more self portraits!) on the move without having to own a camera. This also includes the evolution of MMS, picture messaging where photos can now be shared digitally.
2003 – MySpace, My Photos!
MySpace launches online, where uploading photos online and sharing photos becomes the in trend thing to do!
2011 – Filters back in time
Despite the advance in technology, our human nature makes us nostalgic, and the evolution of Instagram emerged where we can not only share our photographs with social media, we can make our photographs look “old fashioned / vintage” with various filters
2012 – Photobooths for fun
Photobooth.co.uk kicks off the photo booth hire trend in the UK, where photo booths are hired for weddings, photo booths, birthdays, for novelty purposes, not for identification purposes! To cater towards the novelty sector, Photobooth.co.uk implements new software including green screen, digital props, borders, etc.
2013- Photobooths become increasingly popular!
Photobooth hire starts becoming popular and demanding, so Photobooths.co.uk is launched. Vendors can purchase Photobooths to use for their hire companies. Software is continuously improving.
2016 – Move over for the Magic Mirror Booths!
2016 marked the launch of the Magic Photo Mirrors, which using the same concept of a photo booth, captures photos and prints them instantly. The new novelty of the Magic Photo Mirror is that it can now take full length photos as supposed to the traditional head and shoulder images. It is also fully reflective, and with increased technology, also touch screen.
2018 – Birth Of The Event Photography Robot!
2018 saw the development of the latest event photography innovation in the birth of the Photo Robot. Developed by Service Robots in the UK, these photography robots are being seen more and more at wedding receptions, exhibitions and corporate events.
2021 – Photobooths Go 360!
Whilst video had already crept into the photobooth market from around 2012 it wasn’t until 9 years later that it really started to take off with the launch of 360 Photobooths.