The Swiss artist has travelled 25,000 miles capturing drawn portraits in 3 minutes.

Face-o-mat, Tobias Gutmann's travelling analog portrait booth
Barcelona - NOV 23, 2013

Tobias Gutmann is "an illustrator, storyteller, artist and sometimes a graphic designer but mostly a nice guy." This peculiar artist has been travelling around the globe since late last year with the intention of creating abstract portraits of people.

Face-o-mat, Tobias Gutmann's travelling analog portrait booth

©Tobias Gutmann, Face-o-mat backend, Tokyo / Stockholm

In total, he has travelled 25,000 miles with his portable analog portrait booth, known as the Face-o-mat, stopping in cities like Stockholm, Milan, Dar es Salaam, Tokyo and London.

Face-o-mat, Tobias Gutmann's travelling analog portrait booth

©Tobias Gutmann, Face-o-mat backend

The Face-o-mat is a very special machine. First, the costumer takes a seat in front of a small photo booth type window. He then adjusts some levers to configure the outcome of the portrait, ranging from colour, black or white, facelift, classical or avant-garde. Afterwards and for a small fee, Gutmann creates the portrait in 3 minutes. The portraits are abstract representations of the models, much like the rest of Gutmann's work and illustrations.

Face-o-mat, Tobias Gutmann's travelling analog portrait booth

©Tobias Gutmann, Face-o-mat frontend

The entire procedure takes place in the portable booth he has designed and built, equipped with simple mechanisms that make the costumer's experience even more pleasing and amusing. The Face-o-mat is normally customized to match the language and the context where it is set up, making the experience even more familiar and context specific.

Face-o-mat, Tobias Gutmann's travelling analog portrait booth

©Tobias Gutmann, Face-o-mat, Tokyo/ London

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