Thursday, August 01, 2013
The Inside Out Photobooth Truck
An Inside Out Photobooth truck arrived in San Francisco for a three-day visit, starting with a visit to the Civic Center Wednesday afternoon.
After filling out an online form, one was ushered into the back of the photobooth truck, given simple countdown instructions, asked to hold a sign supporting the 11M immigration reform project if you so desired, and then a poster-sized print of your portrait slowly emerged from the center of the truck as if by magic.
Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco had been asked to participate...
...and he walked across the Civic Center dirt plaza with a retinue of bodyguards to have his picture taken.
Afterwards, you could take your portrait to a group of volunteers who were pasting them down on poster material. "Where will they be displayed?" I asked, but the volunteers weren't sure. "Somewhere around City Hall, we hope."
The art project is an offshoot of the Inside Out Project by the New York based, French-Tunisian artist JR, who has a website explaining his art in the streets initiative. San Franciscans have their last chance to be a part of this particular project on Friday at the corner of 5th and Minna from 11AM to 7PM.
Having one's portrait instantly produced as a poster-sized black-and-white print is enormous fun in an Andy Warhol fifteen minutes of fame kind of way, and the Photobooth Truck is a marvel.