'Payphones' by Dirk Westphal Documents Obsolete Technology

By: Sarah Moore - Published: Jun 16, 2012 • References: dirkwestphal and maison24
The newest addition to the Maison 24 gallery is the photo series 'Payphones' by Dirk Westphal, which showcases a collection of roughed-up phone booths.

Each snapshot in the series offers a glimpse into the scarce number of public telephones that can still be found in certain locations in the city -- despite being so covered in graffiti that they are barely visible for what they are anymore.

The artist took a number of snapshots of these garbage-covered, publicly defaced relics in the early 90s and recently compiled them all into one collection for public display.

Each image exudes a sense of nostalgia for the days when making a call only cost a quarter while also acting as a reminder of how fast technology is advancing and how fast something that was once viable can become obsolete.