People who know how to use super old machinery are a fascinating bunch, especially when they're using that machinery on January's Playmate of the Month. For an intriguing venture based on some ancient equipment, hit up Photobooth, opening tomorrow.
From two camera-loving dudes who turned a whiskey-ridden night at Hotel Utah into
an epic game of Shot Or Text a business kick-starter, Photobooth's a Beretta-adjacent superstore for point-'n-shooters and photogenic locals alike, offering up a cache of retro camera gear and taking vintage-y portraits using photographic processes dating back as far as the '50s...the 1850s. Bag-able goods include a full arsenal of uber-colorful, Instagram-ish analog picture-takers from Lomography; refurbished Polaroid cameras & no-longer-in-production film from Fuji and The Impossible Project; and the Instax Mini, which provides instant CC-sized pics, but only after you've exchanged a/s/l's. As for the portraits, they're alternating nightly between Civil War-era tintypes, in which they take a four-second exposure and chemically transfer it to a passport-sized metal sheet, and classic Polaroids snapped with a diesel WWII-era picture-taker used primarily by journalists, so...all of the photos come out yellow?
They've also curated a gallery space with pics taken exclusively using Lomography joints, while future plans include a Polaroid refurbishing class where you'll fix up castoffs, certain to be considerably more busted than Hef's.
Published: August 19, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
1193 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
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