Why Did Photobooth on Valencia St. Close?

After less than three years in business, Photobooth, a gallery and store that sold vintage polaroid cameras and had awesome exhibits (see video above) closed shop at the end of March.

The Bold Italic is on it, and they found out why it closed its shop at 1193 Valencia St.

Shindler and Donovan chose not to renew their lease when it was up at the end of March mainly because they believe all good things must come to an end.

Donovan explained that running Photobooth left the two artistic founders with little time for their own photographic work. And, Shindler added, that paying for retail space made him very aware that he needed to shoot X people at Y dollars to pay for the space. One of the things that makes tintype portraits so interesting and challenging is that they require patient deliberation to get the perfect shot. (Photobooth would just take one picture per session.) Shindler wasn’t thrilled about taking people’s photos if he couldn’t give it the attention he wanted.

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