RayKo Photo Plans to Close in April After 26 years

The state-of-the-art facility in SoMa includes darkrooms, digital labs, a gallery and studios.

(Photo via RayKo Photo)

Longtime darkroom, digital printing studio and photography school RayKo may be shutting its doors next year, citing financial problems.

Owner Stuart Kogood announced the news to students, alumni and members in an email, stating that the photo center “simply isn’t generating enough income.” While he says that he is no longer able to support RayKo, he hopes that someone else who loves the facility will step up and take it over.

“My strongest hope is that RayKo will be able to continue, but under the patronage of another individual. Or under the patronage of a consortium of individuals which could, or could not, include myself,” wrote Kogood.”With the right person at the helm, someone who has business skills and fire in their belly, RayKo could be a successful enterprise.”

RayKo was first founded in 1991, before digital cameras took over the market, but has adapted well to the new technology. Its state-of-the-art darkroom and digital printing facilities have drawn the Bay Area’s premiere photographers to the 12,000 square-foot space.

Classes have been held on everything from alternative analog printing methods like tintypes, to the modern art of iPhone photography. There are still a few classes and workshops scheduled for the next six months.

If a new owner does not appear, RayKo Photo will host its last exhibition, the 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show, on April 23 2017.

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