Kickstarter Project Launches to Fund Life-Size Selfie Machine

By Devon Glenn 

German artist Susanna Kraus is hoping to raise more than $142,000 for a walk-in photo booth that will print life-size, black-and-white self-portraits in about 10 minutes.

If you like taking selfies, this is for you.

Much like a Polaroid camera or an old-fashioned photo booth, the machine makes one-of-a-kind pictures that can’t be posted to Facebook.

Kraus will use the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to fund a mobile version of the machine that her father, inventor and physicist Werner Kraus, had co-created in 1970. The project was shuttered for 30 years after light-sensitive direct positive paper, the type needed to print the photos, went off the market.

The latest version of the analog camera, IMAGOphotour, will be made of lightweight aluminum parts to make it easier to transport. “Since I am working with the camera IMAGO1to1, it is my dream to travel with it around the world,” Kraus wrote. “I want to connect people with this fantastic camera and invite them to the exciting adventure of the photographic self portrayal.”

Self portrayal, if you haven’t noticed, is pretty hot right now.

Those who pledge $225 or more will get a self-portrait when the project is complete. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, so Kraus will need to raise the full amount or the pledges will be returned. With 17 days left on the clock, the artist has raised $32,815.17 from 105 backers.