A Grammy-winning country music star visiting LA has re-ignited interest in a struggling photo shop in Koreatown after stopping by to develop some film. She ended up doing a shoot with the owner against his custom-made backdrops, before plugging the shop to her hundreds of thousands of followers.
Kacey Musgraves was in town to play two sold-out nights at the Greek Theater when she and her sister came across Tom’s One Hour Photo. The shop accepts cash only, and has no internet. They do, however, have plenty of handmade backdrops, which are used for retro photoshoots. The business has been struggling to survive in the digital era, which is somewhat ironic given that the lo-fi aesthetics of the images the owner shoots certainly cater to what many Instagrammers and photographers are aiming to achieve in their work (see also: the recent resurgence in shooting film).
Touched by Tom’s story, Musgraves posted a bunch of dreamy portraits he had taken of her against his custom backdrops, writing ““Let’s keep this charming business afloat!”. She even started an Instagram page for the business, which at the time of writing now boasts over 58,500 followers.
Tom’s son Nick is a big Musgraves fan, writing on Instagram:
THANK YOU SO MUCH for visiting and supporting us!!! Our family business has been slow since advancements in technology have put one hour photo and retro studio photography on a downward path. But thanks to you and photography aficionados, we are still alive!
Tom’s One Hour Photo is located at 4158 Beverly Blvd. in Koreatown, LA.
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