Josepho had invented the first working photo booth, which then mushroomed in shopping centres, post offices and pharmacies. And when they weren’t being occupied by lovebirds and best-friends-forever – or inspiring Andy Warhol – their spinning stools offered an unromantic service for passport applicants.
But now the Home Office has confirmed that online applicants may upload photos taken on mobile phones. Does this mean that it’s curtains for the photo booth? Photo-Me, the country’s biggest booth firm (it supplies the Post Office and Boots, among others) could not develop answers in time, but there are signs elsewhere that booths are shifting into a new age… More at The Guardian.
There are some apps around that help you take a photo in the format that is needed for passports and they make perfect sense. Ever had a good experience in a photobooth? Actually, don’t answer that…