Who wants those Kodaks sitting on the shelf?

Outside and inside BE-PS in Pikesville.m MD
Outside and inside BE-PS in Pikesville.m MD

Even the most hardened photographers can be sentimental. Johnny Martyr, a mid-Atlantic Coast film photographer, crafted this paean to a small camera repair shop, Baltimore Photo-Electronic Services, in Pikesville, MD. Anyone who would rather fix an old camera or lens than toss it out for a new one would feel right at home at BE-PS. After all, just above the desk where repair estimates and testing might begin is a shelf of vintage 35mm Kodaks dating back to the late 1940s—along with an Instamatic tucked in behind the elders. Take a moment to savor this delightful meditation on a (nearly) vanished world of analog cameras, lenses, and the people who keep them going.

Photo and story by Johnny Martyr via PetaPixel

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