Who Invented The Photo Booth

Who Invented The Photo Booth

Among the list of party planning, one choice of all event organizers and planners is the installation of a photo booth. Photo booths are an excellent way to capture memories of the events and gatherings. Like any invention, the legendary photo booth has seen many changes and technological upgrades. Its initial model was very popular in New York City, and in no time the trend spread across the states and overseas. Let us flash some light on the origin, history, and breakthrough of these photo booths.


The first automatic photo machine that was patented in 1888, the photo machine was featured at the World Fair in Paris 1889 where French creator T.E. Enjalbert displayed the mechanism of this coin operated photography device. With this machine, the photographs were transferred to a thin metal page in five minutes time. Based on this prototype the Ashton-Wolff automatic photo machine was created in 1912.


Anatol Josepho, a Russian is considered to be the inventor of the modern day curtain-enclose photo booth. He learned photography and traveled around the world and in 1925; Josepho patented ‘Photomaton’ in Broadway, New York City. This photo booth could develop eight photographs in eight minutes for 25 cents. In the first 6 months of the installation, 280,000 people visited, and the studio stayed open till 4 am to meet the exceeding demand. By 1927 the trend spread across Canada and Europe. As the demand increased, more installations took place; by the closure of World War II, over 30,000 photo booths were working in the US only.

In Pop Culture

Photo booth found their way into the popular culture and spread across North Carolina and into its cities like Raleigh. Photo booths started making appearances in TV shows and movies. Artists like Andy Warhol worked on a series of photo booth portraits from the photo booth photo strips of his muses and friends. He recreated the black and white pictures with pop colors, line drawings, and size manipulation. Photo booths became popular among celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn and a lot more. By the late 1960s, photo booths became self-operated, and as 1970s set, color photo strips were introduced. The crazy of photo booths never subsided; in the 80s and 90s also photo booth remained a popular attraction.

Present Day

In the 21st century, the crazy of photo booths has lessened; they have become something we term as vintage. In vintage theme parties and ceremonies, the photo booths are still present. Photo booths have found a new identity in social gatherings for group or couple pictures with quirky props to add fun into the story. As we progressed into the technologically advanced era, consumer photography happened to be affordable, and we shifted to camera photos. With the surge of smartphones and various camera applications, our own phone can become a portable photo booth. The photo booths are the forefather of the trend of selfies which has taken the world in a blow.

There is no denying the fact that photo booth pictures are really a fun task. With the technological advancements, the photo booths have become more fun, and the opportunities are endless. Photo booths are the muse for applications that were developed for continuous photos for making a collage.