Vintage Durango: The era of 1-hour photo

by Patty Templeton

In the ancient times, you had to wait an ENTIRE HOUR to see the photos you took. You dropped off film at a lightning fast, 1-hour photo joint and came back to printed pictures.

This was a world of considerably less dick pics. Not many folks wanted their schlong copied and kept by the 1-hour photo staff. If you couldn’t afford a Polaroid camera, ain’t no sexy pics for you.

Today, 67 percent of people don’t print any of their photos, according to a survey by the Professional Photographers of America. Not printing pics is cost effective, considering we’re the most photographed generation ever. It also means there’s a good chance that all our memories will be lost to shifting digital platforms within 10 to 20 years.

Should you print every photo you take? Hell no. You don’t need a quinoa burger photo unless you are eating it with Oprah. Consider printing up those pics from yer BFF’s wedding in Thailand though. You don’t want ’em lost to a digital dark age.

Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer


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