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Hearing and Feeling What Photographers Are Saying


"He started Kelton Labs in the mid-1980s, attracting big-name clients who, by word of mouth alone, transformed his lab into a 25-person operation that was operating seven days a week, 20 hours a day. In his heyday, no request was considered too demanding: After Steven Meisel photographed Madonna in Florida, he flew 40 rolls of film to the lab for processing, then shipped back contact sheets so he and the singer could review them the next morning over coffee.

When several of Mr. Kelton’s clients went digital about 15 years ago, he was fine with that. In 2010 he moved his darkroom from Union Square to Mana Fine Arts in Jersey City and downsized. He now works only in black-and-white and has a staff of just two. He keeps the Union Square office for occasional meetings and has a client base of about 10."

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The New York Times’ Lens Blog
March 25, 2015

Credit Danny Lyon; Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York/Zurich.