We're a different kind of photobooth company.
The Self-Portrait Project was founded with social justice ideals as its roots and a love of photography as its driving force. We tend to eschew props and cheesy backgrounds in favor of letting the subjects of the photographs stand out.
As a values-based enterprise we believe in gender equality, marriage equality, and that other worlds are possible. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand by Standing Rock. We believe we can help by providing a visual voice for those who have been marginalized, victimized, or forgotten by the majority, in a way that empowers and lends agency.
The project intends to serve as a vehicle through which the zeitgeist is captured by those who inspire and occupy it, and to build it on a foundation of quality, community, and empowerment.
SPP is influenced by and owes a spiritual and aesthetic debt to a variety of sources, including Storycorps; the music archive work of John and Alan Lomax; New Deal - Farm Security Administration images; early photo-paper-and-chemical analog photo booths, Susanna Kraus' revitalization of the Imago self-portrait camera, and a wide array of photographers including but not limited to Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Frank, Anton Corbijn, Sebastião Salgado, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Edward Burtynsky, Eadweard Muybridge, Steve McCurry, Bill Cunningham, Brandon Stanton, JR, Patrick McMullan, Dorothea Lange, Andre Kertesz, Margaret Bourke-White, Luigi Ghirri, Paolo Roversi, Malik Sidibe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
- Andy Lin, founder & Creative Director