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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original

PH 25 FEB 1994

Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

35mm color negative and 35mm gelatin silver negative


Interior views of Portland Photographics, 85 York Street.

Top photo: Co-owners Peter Lawlor and Terry O'Rourke.
Bottom photo: Custom photographic printers, left to right: Liam Moody, Marla Michaels, Jonathan Takami, Abraham A. Schechter, Rich Colson, Dorris Meyers.

Portland Photographics began business in 1984 at 398 Fore Street, and moved to 85 York Street in 1986. Providing high-end, full-service custom photographic developing and printing, Portland Photographics was internationally known for its exhibition printing (primarily Ilford Cibachrome) and customized Ektachrome color transparencies used for publishing and archival preservation. Portfolio and exhibition clientele included Magnum Photos, Inc. (James Nachtwey, Alex Webb, Costa Manos, Susan Meiselas), National Geographic, Time Magazine, Ernst Haas, Paul Caponigro, Burk Uzzle, Todd Webb, Bill Curtsinger, Sam Abell, Sal Lopes, Carolee Pelos, and William Albert Allard. Portland Photographics printed the inaugural exhibition for the International Center of Photography's new Midtown Manhattan space, in 1989.
The balance of clientele included Maine's L.L. Bean and G.H. Bass, along with architectural firms, commercial photographers, museums, and archives.
The Portland Photographics building can be seen in the right background of this image (which has 54 York Street in the foreground.)

Portland Photographics closed in April 2000.

Photo published in the Portland Press Herald, on 25 February 1994

[See Additional Files images, below link, for a Portland Photographics catalogue cover, and a view of the Portland skyline which includes 85 York Street]

Portland Photographics Catalogue Cover 1990.JPG (4735 kB)
Portland Photographics 1990 Catalogue Cover

119902-3200-2-85York.JPG (6891 kB)
View including 85 York Street, in 1972, as Table Talk Pies, from Evening Express: 28 JULY 1972


Portland, Me., Old Port, Businesses, Photography, York Street


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In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.