I have been walking past this storefront on Valencia and 23rd for the past few weeks curious as to what it was all about. I was hoping that it would be a grade-school-esque photo studio with rapey space backdrops and and mullet wigs, but I figured that'd probably be too good to be true. Lucky for us, Photobooth co-owner Vince wrote in to tell us about it:
Photobooth is the twisted dream of two local alternative photographers, myself (Vince Donovan) and Michael Shindler. I've been wandering the Mission for years shooting portraits on the street and in bars with an old Polaroid camera. Michael is a tintype artist. He has been at the center of reviving the centuries-old tintype process and making it modern again. One night over too many margaritas at the Latin American Club we decided we wanted our own shop where we could really introduce people to the fun of alternative photography.
So Photobooth is a portrait studio where anyone can walk in and get a portrait done instantly using one of these alt techniques. We're going to have good music and good art on the walls, so it'll be a nice place to hang out. Our gallery will be devoted exclusively to local photographers working in alternative techniques, so we'll be having lots of openings and events.
We'll also sell retro camera gear (refurbished Polaroid cameras) and film. We'll be carrying the full Lomography line of alternative camera gear, as well as the new Polaroid film from The Impossible Project.
So, no promise of 80s backdrops, but their website indicates there will be some costumes and area homeless people for loan.