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“As an admirer of Booth's work, I expected to admire his Film Booth DVD equally; however, I was completely unprepared for what I saw - something so original, so beautiful and so gentle that I could compare it to nothing else because I had seen nothing like it. It evoked an earlier era, putting me in mind of Auguste and Louis Lumiere, who, in addition to inventing the autochrome - the first color photographic process - also invented movies. They patented their combined camera and projector, the Cinematographe, in 1895 and produced what is considered the first movie, Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory. The following year they produced over forty films of everyday French life. In Film Booth the artist has also assembled his modern reel of ten films, remarking that, 'If MTV had been around 100 years earlier, perhaps my films might have been a kind of 1890s pop video.' “
(Prof. John Wood in the introduction)
Alvin Booth was born in Hull, an industrial city in the Northeast of England. He left school at the age of seventeen and trained to become a hairdresser. After working in Hull he later moved to Oxford where his interest in photography grew. In 1989 he gave up hairdressing and moved to New York City.
His work is highly valued on the international photography market, and has been exhibited in international museums and is represented by some of the most prestigious galleries in major cities in the United States and Europe. He divides his time between New York and the southwest of France.
Alvin Booths first book of nudes, CORPUS (forward by Charlotte Cotton of the Victoria and Albert Museum) was awarded the Kodak Photo Book press award for 2002.