The Worlds Biggest Photo Booth at Nottingham Contemporary

Photo Booth at Nottingham Contemporary

The Worlds Biggest Photo Booth is exhibiting at Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery From 24th July 2010 – 6th September.

The Photo Booth is an interactive application housed in Nottingham Contemporarys’  “The Space” exhibition area to promote the Diane Arbus exhibiton at the gallery. The booth features custom software created by myself in Openframeworks ( that uses face detection (openCV) technology to detect the presence of users in front of a the physical physical booth. As users take a seat and strike their pose a custom Flash is fired by the software and a series of four photo’s are taken on a Canon 500D, these are download from the camera, and then compiled into a polaroid image in the Style of Diane Arbus. These images are displayed on a 30ft x 20ft projection as if they were falliing from the pocket of a real photo booth and are uploaded to Nottingham Contemporarys’ Flickr site for visitors to download as a memento of their experience.

Visitors have already had lots of fun with the installation and there are some great images up on Nottingham Contemporarys’ Flickr site.

The Worlds Biggest Photo Booth - Nottingham Contemporary

The project has been created using Openframeworks, OpenCV, Canon SDK by Brendan Oliver and Flickr upload functionality in Processing ( by Mark Selby of WEARELAB and custom circuit bending / hardware hacking for the Flash via Arduino by Neil Thompson of WEARELAB.

Many thanks to the BBC East Midlands Today, BBC Radio Nottingham and The Evening Post for all of the coverage of the project.


~ by Brendan Oliver on July 27, 2010.

One Response to “The Worlds Biggest Photo Booth at Nottingham Contemporary”

  1. […] face detection, camera controll and image processing was done by Brendan Oliver (who’s got a more detailed write-up on his blog) using Openframeworks, along with some Flash, PHP and the Canon SDK. A few of us from […]

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