The International Photobooth Convention 2016 09 Feb


 A celebration of analogue photobooths and the art that is created with them.

We are pleased to announce that along with Mr Mixup and Kate Tyler we are hosting The International Photobooth Convention 2016. Returning to the UK for the first time in nearly a decade, the convention will take place Monday 9 – Friday 13 of May at Fred Aldous Manchester.

The convention will be a celebration of analogue photobooths through workshops, discussion, exhibition and film. Mr Mixup, Kate Tyler and local artists Caroline Dowsett, Aliyah Hussain, Mariel Osborn, John Powell-Jones and Layla Sailor will be running workshops and informal drop-in sessions throughout the convention which will explore the creative potential of the analogue photobooth. Visitors to the convention will have the chance to collaborate with the artists, experiment with different creative techniques and create their own mini masterpieces.


To coincide with Manchester After Hours, on the Thursday of the convention Fred Aldous be staying open late for Freds at Night III. From 6-8.30pm, Fred Aldous and The International Photobooth Convention will be hosting an evening of creative collaboration, photobooth mugshots, 3 minute live portraits and the legendary Freds at Night Risograph zine workshop hosted by Mono print collective.

On the final day of the week between 12-5pm the International Photobooth Convention play host to a Dog Day Afternoon. Visitors are invited to bring their dog in for a free photobooth portrait and to enter into the Fred Aldous Instagram dog show.

Throughout May, Fred Aldous will be exhibiting work by Mr Mixup and Kate Tyler along with artworks created during the course of the convention. The International Photobooth Convention is free and open to all.

The International Photobooth Convention 2016
Mon 9 – Fri 13 May 2016, 9am – 5pm, FREE

Freds at Night III
Thu 12 May 6pm – 8pm, FREE

Dog Day Afternoon
Fri 13 May 12 – 5pm, FREE

Full Convention Programme and workshop booking information announced in late February via www.fredaldous.co.uk/photobooth-convention


The Photobooth Convention came together in the late 1990’s out of Steve Mixups many gatherings and projects as a way of celebrating this cultural phenomenon and bringing together the people who have enjoyed this overlooked medium. From Nottingham, London, Brighton and Belgrade he took it to New York in 2003 whereupon it was noticed by Brian and Tim at Photobooth.net and Anthony at A&A Studios, Inc. who then took over the mantle of hosting this event with successful events in St Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles. Now it is time to revisit the UK again with a natural home found at Fred Aldous in Manchester.

Steve Howard, better known as Mixup, has been making photobooth art since 1979. Mixup is a Nottingham based artist who employs the photobooth as a site to locate the true nature of DIY cultural expression. Read our Q&A with Mr Mixup here.

Kate Tyler is based in Nottingham and has been a lifelong fan of photobooths and never tires of experimenting with them. She regularly exhibits her work which uses the photobooth as a site for performance.

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