Photobooth: A Biography by Meags FitzgeraldPhotobooth: A Biography by Meags Fitzgerald

Photobooth: A Biography

byMeags FitzgeraldContribution byMeags Fitzgerald

Paperback | May 8, 2014

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For almost a century chemical photobooths have occupied public spaces; giving people the opportunity to quickly take inexpensive, quality photos. In the last decade these machines have started to rapidly disappear, causing an eclectic group of individuals from around the world to come together and respond. Illustrator, writer and long-time photobooth lover, Meags Fitzgerald has chronicled this movement and the photobooth's fortuitous history in a graphic novel. Having traveled in North America, Europe and Australia, she's constructed a biography of the booth through the eyes of technicians, owners, collectors, artists and fanatics. Fitzgerald explores her own struggle with her relationship to these fleeting machines, while looking to the future.
Meags Fitzgerald is an artist and storyteller who draws, animates, writes and performs. Working primarily as an illustrator, she has a BFA from ACAD and a certificate in Design from NSCAD University. In many of her works, Fitzgerald addresses memory, history and the act of collecting. Photobooth: A Biography is her first graphic novel...
Title:Photobooth: A BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 1 inPublished:May 8, 2014Publisher:Conundrum PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1894994825

ISBN - 13:9781894994828

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Biographical Graphic Novel a la Alison Bechdel When I first saw this book, I found it curious that it was called "a biography" instead of "a history" because the description does make it seem to be more of a historical compilation about photobooths. Which is true, but it does not do so in a traditional or rote manner. The book is composed,graphic novel style, entirely of Fitzgerald's own drawings, including extensive reproductions of her own collection of photobooth strips and art exhibits she has attended. As a history of the photobooth, the book does succeed in many ways in showing the reader, literally, how photobooths developed. It does not delve extensively into the historical details, and focuses more on Fitzgerald's discovery of these histories. It is in this sense that it falls more into the "biography" aspect, in that there are many details about Fitzgerald's own life, feelings, viewpoints and so on. In particular, it showcases her struggle with the demise of chemical photobooths, which is being hastened by the banning of several chemicals used in them and the closing of factories that make the photostrip paper--as early as 2015. Rather than necessarily positing a solution, Fitzgerald seeks to raise awareness around the topic, which she does very successfully. I did not necessarily enjoy all of the biographical aspects, not that they weren't interesting, but in that I was hoping to get more of a deep dive rather than cursory introduction to photobooth history. It is a beautiful book--Fitzgerald is clearly talented and the illustrations of photobooths and their current "status" are stunning. It is easy to read and definitely crosses several genres, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, I do not think I would read it again and again and would consider it a pleasant foray into the mind of a creative Canadian artist, and not necessarily a historical exploration of a medium. Fans of Alison Bechdel and of This One Summer would enjoy this book.
Date published: 2015-06-25