The rumor I heard was that a few photographers banded together, bought an Imacon scanner, and now make nice scans for people for cheap. I called one of the co-owners, Dan Weisser, to see if this rumor had any validity. And it is, basically. Dan met his partner, Jenny Burgos (who are both in their thirties), when they were both senior staff at Print Space, and they were toiling away. Then they got to thinking “hey, you know what? we can do this ourselves!” And so they did. They plunked down 20 grand for an Imacon 949 (maybe not all at once, it’s a lease, but still) and started making scans for folks. Good scans, for cheap. Most of their scanning clients are photographers who are shooting
editorial, or needs hi-res images for stock sites, or are making
digital c-prints. It’s pretty nice to be able to call up and speak to the person who’s working on your file. SugarHill Works is located in Harlem, but they pick-up and deliver. Dan jokes that he’s the owner of the company, as well as the messenger.
So how much does it cost? A 50mb, 300dpi, hand-dusted scan= $15.
I called Duggal to get a quote for the same thing. After a bunch of phone transfers, I got an answer: 50 bucks. Um, that’s a lot more expensive. It costs a lot to keep a wet-lab running, after all.
Now SugarHill is doing website design as well, and a bunch of other things. Go see. There are four partners all together; Ciel Mahoney and Tan-ya Gerrodette round out the crew. They’re all photographers who have been working in the industry since college.
Anyway, food for thought. Yay for small photo businesses.