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 the photobooth’s fortuitous history and the events which gave rise to the desperate need to save them. 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. In this ground-breaking book Fitzgerald struggles with her own relationship to these fleeting machines, while looking to the future.
Photobooth: A Biography can be purchased in bookstores across Canada and in selective stores in the USA and United Kingdom. Signed and inscribed copies can be purchased here. A digital version is available for iPad users through Sequential Publishing.
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Fitzgerald won the 2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award, was nominated for the 2015 Joe Shuster Award in the Best Cartoonist Category, and received an honorable mention at the 2015 Expozine Awards for Best Book.
In July 2014, Fitzgerald was also named one of CBC’s 2014 “Writers to Watch.”