Strip of a Lifetime

Photobooth + Vintage Hire Station + Analog Art Gallery

Property Donor: The GPT Group

Launched: 23 Feb 2012

Closed: 8 Jul 2013

Shop 20, Mezzanine Level, Market Square, 119 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle

Tue to Sat 12pm-4pm, Thu 1.30pm-7pm
Fri 10am-4pm or by appointment

Contact: Paula Birch m: 0423 737 392

about Strip of a Lifetime

UPDATE JUL 2013 Although we are sad to see Strip of a Lifetime leave its project space at Market Square we are pleased to see that the vintage photobooth has found a home via a lease at Charlestown Square and the digital photobooth remains available for special event hire. For bookings and enquiries contact Paula Birch m: 0423 737 392 e:

Strip Of A Lifetime is a photobooth + vintage hire station, and an analog art gallery dedicated to preserving the legacy of the vintage analog experience. It specialises in enhancing events that evoke the essence of vintage, and embrace the romanticism of all things nostalgic.

Photobooths Celebrate the lust for real life and real human experiences. Rare and meticulously restored, The ‘Classic’ Vintage Analog Photobooth was built in the 1960’s and joins the resurgence of the original coin operated Photobooths in Europe and America. The ‘Deluxe’ Retro Digital Photobooth is modeled after the true vintage booths. It looks and acts like the real thing, only it is faster to operate and a little lighter to transport.

Analog Art Gallery Committed to showcasing original artworks from local, national and international photobooth and lo-fi analog artists. This gallery is a treat for die hard fans of Photobooth, Polaroid and Lomo Photography.

Admire For Hire A one-stop-hire-shop for vintage objects. This ‘boutique’ sized hire station offers the best quality collectables to add style and charisma to any event, photo shoot, film or merchandising. Objects of the 60’s and 70’s era and analog film cameras are a specialisation for this store – a place where the curious can borrow and delight in the charms of yesteryear.

We asked Paula Birch, the Creative Director of Strip of a Lifetime to tell us about her photobooth art:

I’m an analog artist, documenter, collector and some-times architect. I have been developing a Photobooth documentary from the last 20 years based on my experiences in Photobooths, called ‘Strip Of A Lifetime’. Alongside my Photobooth affair, I create analog photo-art and in between those hours, I capture, collect, categorise and curate.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?

Ever since living in Melbourne and experiencing The Nicholas Building, I’ve harboured a desire to join a creative collective community who value craftsmanship, innovation and individuality. Renew Newcastle offers a rare and tremendous opportunity for this kind of community to exist. Aside from that, I can no longer fit another salvaged object in my house.

Tell us about the space:

It’s a fantastic long narrow room with exposed ducting, concrete floors and white walls, lending itself well to a gallery space and hire station. It’s also grouped with some other great photography flavoured shops in Market Square.

See more of Paula’s photobooth art on Facebook or on her art blog

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