Let’s develop a relationship! As Los Angeles’ quality-obsessed film lab, Richard Photo Lab sweats the details of each and every frame (just like you do), providing every photographer with premium processing & scanning services.
Since 1970, Richard has been dedicated to the analog art of film—because we aren't just your film lab, we're your film partners. Because first-rate quality and ultra-fast service don't need to be mutually exclusive. Because film education isn't just our duty, it's our passion. Because your success is our success. And at Richard, every frame counts!
The original Richard Photo Lab started in the 1970s in Hollywood, California. It was one man in a closet-sized “lab” space—no machines, doing everything by hand. He was a perfectionist, and it was that alone which earned him a small but super loyal customer base in the commercial photography industry. His work was the best, and they needed the best. Those folks stuck with Richard throughout their careers, and the Richard reputation continued to spread throughout the industry, particularly with major music and entertainment companies.
Nowadays, Richard is best known for our work with fine art film photographers. When that genre sort of emerged (or perhaps re-emerged), it was a pivotal period for the industry. And our lab owner and photog biz guru, Brian Greenberg, was attune to that shift in the industry and the potential for Richard to grow with that client base. Long before the days of social media and huge photography trade shows, there was just an extraordinary team of people producing work that exceeded the high expectations of photographers, and that was enough to get a foothold in a new market. Richard--as it is today--is a culmination of decades of Brian’s (and the rest of the staff’s) experience, expertise, and plain ol’ hard work.
OUR LOVE OF FILM:
Shooting film is just… special. It sounds soooo cheesy, but there really is something about the look of film that cannot be reproduced with digital photography, no matter how rad your Photoshop filters are. Film also has a way of turning you into a better photographer. It’s an art and a science all wrapped into one. It is not a magic gateway to better images, but it makes you more cognizant about things like framing and lighting and composition—every frame counts!
Film has a super rich history, and Richard thinks that a whole new chapter—maybe even a whole new book—in that story has begun. There’s a lot of buzz on the internet about whether or not the resurgence of film is just a temporary trend, but with the worldwide traction it has been able to gain over the last decade in spite of the digital photography revolution and with new industry players and services reinvigorating the scene, we think that film will continue to grow as an artistic standard for timeless imagery. Lots of folks think that film is too expensive and that will be its downfall; but, they forget that the tradeoff for the upfront cost of film is the money saved (both actual dollars as well as time) in post-processing—an often overlooked expense of digital photography.
Here at Richard, we all know the importance of the negative to every photographer. It is the data, the score, and the information source for all of your imagery. We’ve been able to make a name for ourselves as the partner of choice for demanding film photographers by 1) using only the most sophisticated Dip & Dunk technology to insure quality and reliability, and 2) counting on one of the most sophisticated pieces of technology available: the human eye... Our experts look closely at your images, frame-by-frame, and make sure our scans are done consistently—and consistently well.
But we’re not just about film. Printing is the best way to keep memories alive, whether their captured on film or digitally. Nothing compares to sifting through a box of old family photographs or passing down an heirloom that captures the most important times in your life. So, we create all of our print products in-house and with love to make sure they are professional-grade—we never outsource to subpar printers or compromise quality when it comes to our clients’ imagery.