Bellini has been in exploration mode using the automatic photobooth as his medium for the past 16 years. He used this “modern confessional” to capture his private thoughts on a variety of subjects. These booths are everywhere, every zoo, every park, every attraction. They first appeared at the Paris World’s Fair in 1889. It is hard to recall all the times they have been featured in film and literature. Artists have been likewise fascinated—Andre Breton, Gerhard Richter, Gillian Wearing, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol (of course) and surprisingly, Helmut Newton. This is surprising, perhaps, only to me. It isn’t what I visualize when I think of Newton.
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