C/O Berlin

Picture Yourselfe. Magnum Photomaton

31 Oct 2014 - 16 Jan 2015

John Malkovich 2010 by Paolo Pellegrin © Magnum Photos
31 October 2014 – 16 January 2015

From 31 October 2014 to 16 Januar 2015, C/O Berlin will present the exhibition Picture Yourself . Magum Photomaton. The opening will take place on Thursday, 30 October 2014, at 7 pm in Amerika Haus in the Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin.

Biometric, practical, good. Photo booths are one thing above all: technical-stoical. Everyone has at some time sat in one of these sober cubicles with its curtain and swivel stool, coin slot, glaring flash and slot where the photos come out. Photo booths are special aggregates of authorless photography, in which the person portraited is both the protagonist and the object. In terms of statistics and functionality they are the complete opposite of the narrative-individual photography that the legendary agency Magnum stands for. And yet these two photographic principles congenially fit together. For the first time worldwide, C/O Berlin will present six photo booths that the art institution has constructed specially, which will photograph visitors in the style of Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Philippe Halsman, Steve McCurry and Bruce Gilden. How paradoxical – machines perfectly simulating the individual approach of the renowned Magnum photographers! Who is actually the author in this game? And the best thing of all is that after each session the visitors can take their original Magnum portrait away with them as a print or share it on the Internet as a digital file.

Tags: Elliott Erwitt, Philippe Halsman, Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin