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End Of An Era – Penn Camera Declares Bankruptcy

Penn Camera (Washington DC area based camera retail chain), the place I bought my first Canon Elan IIe SLR to start my career eons ago, just declared bankruptcy! Most stores will close immediately (the rest later). All photo finishing will cease. They will not honor gift certificates. I hear that¬†even says their facebook page is down. It’s a sad day. Says a lot about where camera retail is going… Does this mean I have to buy immediate-need camera accessories from Best Buy now?¬†Brings me back to my emotions when all the Tower Records music stores closed. Sure I can order what I need online most of the time, but I will miss the tactile interaction of testing out a new product and taking it home.

Rest in peace Penn Camera. You had a good 59 years.

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2 thoughts on “End Of An Era – Penn Camera Declares Bankruptcy”

  1. The news about Penn Camera is sad indeed for all photographers in the DC area. They had some of the best service I’ve ever experienced.

    I wanted to let readers know about George Mason University’s School of Art Print Studio, which has been in business for about two years. Because the studio is an on-campus non-profit operation, not too many people know about it yet. We offer many of the high quality services that Penn Camera did.

    Because we are a non-profit, we work hard to keep our prices affordable for students and artists in the community. The lab was founded by photographers, and is staffed exclusively by artist technicians such as myself.

    Some services we offer:

    -archival-quality fine art inkjet printing
    -high quality laser proofs
    -digital chromogenic prints (digital c-prints)
    -medium and large format color film processing
    -film drum scanning
    -high resolution flatbed scanning
    -color-calibrated previewing stations
    -monitor profiling and calibration services

    We want to spread the word to other artists, photographers, and community members that some the services they were able to receive at Penn Camera will still be conveniently available right here in Fairfax, Virginia.

    Our website:

  2. It’s sad that Penn is closing, they have been a good store for a long time. Luckily for the DC metro area, Ace Photo is still growing after 20 years in the business. With an inventory rivaling the New York camera stores, Ace has is the largest ( both in size and the sheer amount of products) camera store in the Mid-Atlantic. If you’ve never been to Ace, you should come out. Every single day, new customers come in for the first time and say “WOW! I never knew there was such a gigantic camera store in the area”. We carry EVERYTHING, and we have New York prices. The entire sales staff is comprised of professional photographers who moonlight at the store when they don’t have shoots. We offer every photo product you ever heard of, world class processing, and awesome classes

    you should check it out. Ask for Frank!

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