Artist Tobias Gutmann Travels 25,000 Miles With the ‘Face-o-mat,’ A Portable Analog Portrait Booth
Since late last year Swiss artist Tobias Gutmann has been traveling the world with his portable analog portrait booth dubbed the Face-o-mat. Customers take a seat in front of a small window, much like a photo booth, and then adjust some levers to determine how their portrait will look: color or black and white, natural or facelift, classical or avant-garde. Then, for a small fee, Gutmann works his illustration magic and creates a strange abstract portrait in less than three minutes.
In the last few months the Face-o-mat traveled some 25,000 miles (40,514km) with stops in Stockholm, Milan, Dar es Salaam, Tokyo and London. Gutmann often repaints the facade of the machine to match the local language, and recently rebuilt the entire machine using MDF (Medium-density fiberboard) to make it more durable. You can follow further Face-o-mat adventures on Facebook and you can see some of the over 700 portraits Gutmann has illustrated over on Tumblr.
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