Mobile phone pictures worthy of being printed
12/2/2013 1:40:00 PM
The world of photography has changed so much in the last 10-15 years. With the advent of the camera in the mobile phone, more and more people take pictures but less are making them into prints.
It used to be, before digital cameras, that you bought film, loaded it in the camera and then in order to see your work, you had to process the film at a lab and they’d print out the pictures. Now, you see the pictures right on your phone or digital camera as soon as you take them.
Digital pictures erased the need to have the pictures printed, and as a result, there are very few photo labs left to do that. Jack’s Cameras and Ritz, both longtime photo labs and family owned have all but disappeared. Jack’s still has two locations open: in the Northeast on Lion Road and in Exton in the West Whiteland Town Center. The closest Ritz Camera store is in Towson, Maryland.
Luckily, there are some photo labs still around. PhotoLounge (formerly CBOP Photo Lounge) is a locally owned and operated shop that yields beautiful prints and has great customer service. They can print Christmas cards for you, calendars, and other products. For Center City residents, in my opinion, it’s the best game in town at 1909 Chestnut Street.
Right now, they have a very interesting exhibition of photography by Eric Mencher, a former Philadelphia Inquirer photographer who utilizes Instagram these days. All of the pictures on display on the long wall in the shop are pictures Mencher took with an iphone and posted on instagram. @emencher. (Wall is shown in photo here, courtesy of PhotoLounge).
From now until January 2014, PhotoLounge is featuring the exhibit Sequence of Spaces that features Mencher’s iphone/Instagram photos. The exhibit demonstrates that the pictures you take on your phone are worthy of being printed.
Sequence of Spaces
Photo Exhibit by Eric Mencher
1909 Chestnut Street