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To turn an old VW bus into a mobile photo booth that will travel the country and capture a current portrait of America.
To turn an old VW bus into a mobile photo booth that will travel the country and capture a current portrait of America.
219 backers pledged $32,645 to help bring this project to life.

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Here at the Magnolia Photo Booth Co. we are a small group of friends who build kick ass photo booths. We started renting photo booths for weddings and events in Louisville, KY and currently have booths in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and New York. Now we want to bring free photo booths to the rest of the country. Imagine this... A custom-built Westfalia that runs on Bio Diesel with a photo booth built into it. Our goal is to build the ultimate earth friendly, hit-the-road photo booth ever.

With the help of Facebook, Twitter and the digital era we have all grown accustom to the instant gratification of photography. While our booth prints amazing high resolution images in under 20 seconds we still manage to maintain a certain element of nostalgia within the printed photograph itself. Thus, we want to share our love for photos, the art behind them and the everlasting memories they entail to people across the nation- including you.

During our journey we will be using the latest in web technologies to keep our supporters and followers well in-tuned online all the while celebrating the medium of print on the road. We want to capture the lives and stories of those we encounter through the eyes of our booth. To further celebrate the medium of print we plan to create a book inspired by this description of Robert Frank's classic book 'The Americans.' "Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future.”

Instead of the Guggenheim, we turn to you Kickstarters.... with the help of this powerful community we are hopeful to create this epic tail of photos and the open road. Thus, it is up to you to help us plan our journey. With each pledge you will have the chance to drop a pin on our map. Every city or town with the most pins is guaranteed a visit- no trailer park, suburb or commune is excluded. Thus, we encourage you and your friends to ban together and offer whatever you can to buy a pin, book or awesome t-shirt. And for any of you who love throwing amazing events that your friends will talk about for years to come- we encourage you to become one of our top sponsors and we will bring the booth to your doorstep.

While our goal enables us to build the rig, make all of the rewards and stay on the open road for six weeks we are not limiting ourselves to that timeline. The more funding you provide, the more of you we can visit. The longer we can stay on the road, the more diverse our portrait will become. For the rewards we have teamed up with the talented crew at Hamburger Eyes to handle all the book design and printing. Our good friend and renowned artist Dennis Mcnulty will handle artwork and T-shirts design. For the photo booth van we turn to our friend Bob Lake a Westfalia enthusiast based on the West Coast. Here is a link to learn more about Hamburger Eyes and you can see Dave in some photos with one of our custom built booths. http://www.hamburgereyes.com/2010/11/29/mary-ellen-mark/

Check out Dennis at his site. http://www.dennismcnultyart.com/design

If you can't spare a couple bucks please help us spread the word to as many people as possible. The interactions we will have and the stories that will be told are what this is truly about. We hope you can be part of it.

Email us anytime and if you become a backer please 'comment' your location. willy@magbooth.com peter@magbooth.com

Thanks to the Harbours for the awesome song on the video. myspace.com/harbours

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    You're a believer! Drop a Pin on our map and help us determine our route! Hopefully we'll drive the photobooth to an area near you. You will also have your name go down in history as a contributor in the book!

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Your name in the book, 2 pins to drop on the map and a t-shirt. The shirts' so badass you don't need another reason to contribute. Our buddy Dennis McNulty will be in charge of the t-shirt design. Check out the video for some initial mockups and his website (over there on the left) to see his past work.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    This is what the Project is all about. To create a book that captures "A Portrait of America Through the Eyes of a Photo Booth."
    With this reward you get your name in the book, 3 pins to drop on the map and the epic book.

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Booyah! The Bargain Bid. You get it all!
    You get the Book, "A Portrait of America Through the Lens of a Portable Photo Booth", the bad ass T shirt, 4 Pins to drop on our map and all the recognition that we can provide. You will be mentioned in the book, on the blog and on anything else that comes up.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    All of the above plus a total of 10 pins for the map and a custom road inspired piece of art worthy of your wall. Think old fashioned movie poster meets wood stencil or something like that. We promise it will be awesome.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    All of the above plus a set of four 18"x24" photo booth enlargements. Either we catch you on the road or you stop by an existing city and take some photo booth pics. Pick your favorite four and then we do the rest. Check out the update page for samples.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    You get the Photo Booth Van posted up at a location of your choosing for a 4 hour event. This is a bargain, cheaper than our normal event rentals. Plus you'll be an anchor on our trip. We might even let you feed us dinner. You also get all of the above rewards plus a full page dedicated to you in the book.

    NOTE: the date of the event will be determined after funding, specific dates may be hard to accommodate but we'll try our best. We don't exactly know where we're going yet. Its up to you!

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Funding period

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