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Photography shops hit hard by digital revolution

Photography shops hit hard by digital revolution

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Around two-thirds of traditional photography shops in Taiwan have shut their doors over the past five years, according to a recent newspaper report.
Out of over 4,500 photography shops in Taiwan, 2,500 have been forced out of business during the period as a result of the digital photography revolution, the China Times reported Tuesday.
The report quoted Liu Tsan-huan, a local photography industry executive as saying that only 150 of 400 such shops in Taipei County have survived.
Photography shops have to pay more for digital photo processing machines, which cost about NT$5 million (US$155,000) a set and about NT$100,000 annually for maintenance and repair, Liu said.
While in the past, developing and printing photos accounted for 50-70 percent of these shops' business, fewer and fewer customers are asking to print photos because most people use digital cameras and cell phones to take pictures and view them on computers, Liu said.
Turnover has declined by at least 50 percent, Liu said, adding that shop owners have had to come up with new strategies, such as printing digital images on mugs or T-shirts.
(By Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-06-16 17:16 GMT+08:00