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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Q&A with Jeff Hirsch (Foto Care owner)

Q&A with Foto Care owner Jeff Hirsch

Foto Care was established in 1968 and has been in the hands of Jeff Hirsch for over 22 years.

1. In your perspective, how has photography changed from when you started in this industry?

Images are immediately shared with millions of unseen eyes connected by mobile devices and networks. The era of a tedious or intimate evening looking at carousel slide trays in a darkened room or escaping to a darkroom to process film and print is in the rearview mirror just like tinkering with a car on the weekend. Technical advances have opened up possibilities only dreamed of before in scientific journals to be open and available to anyone who can afford a mobile phone with built in camera.  


2. How important is building relationships with the photographic community in today’s photo world?
It’s essential. Photography as both a form of communication and art is nothing without the ability to share. Foto Care is in business with the intention of helping customers succeed and grow as photographers. Our past present and future is a road paved by the customers we serve and to that end we do our best to help them achieve success. It’s a two way street and that’s what makes it exciting. To meet and serve not just the photographers and artists with recognizable names but also the students and newcomers that become trailblazers is part of what makes coming to work each day as invigorating as the first cup of coffee.


3. How has NYC changed since you’ve opened Foto Care?
It’s cleaner, safer and more expensive to live.  Cities are magnets that attract young and old alike to occupational and cultural opportunities that are in short supply elsewhere.


41 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010


4. How is it running a business in NYC?
I can’t think of a better place to work.

5. What are your thoughts on the new generation’s versions of photography? In example, taking photos on iPhones and having them hung in a gallery?
What difference does it matter what tool an artist uses or which camera a photographer points toward their subject matter. You have to choose a point of view and pick the moment to make the photograph regardless of the device. Image making by mobile devices have eroded the market for point and shoot cameras but so what? It hopefully will push camera manufacturers to make better cameras.


6. What trends are you seeing in the photography world today? 
Print it larger, shoot in darkness, Mirrorless cameras, 4K, 6K, 8K, 3D, 4D

7.What do you love most about photography?
Every day is a new day. When things get boring look up, down or behind yourself and open your eyes. Everyday on every street corner there’s a smile, a gesture or a passing shadow that is just waiting to be photographed.