Meet the team
If we look familiar it’s because we are! We are the team formerly responsible for operations at City Cross Camera House which has since merged with our sister store on Grenfell Street. However, we had noticed the inclining demand for film and decided to make the exciting decision to dedicate a whole new store to the revival of all things film!
Raised by Adelaide’s top photographic salesman, it is no wonder A.J fell down the proverbial rabbit hole! She first took up photography seriously in high school, finding her feet with macro photography. Her first subjects were oddly enough, old graveyards, recognising the interesting textures and details as a source of inspiration.
Nowadays she has found her passion for photography lies primarily in portrait and fashion work, finding time to collaborate with other local creatives. She was promoted to Store Manager after only two years as the sales representative and photographic specialist at City Cross Camera House before navigating a merger with Twin City and launching Adelaide Photo Factory in Regent Arcade.
During her time at Camera House, she has been involved in various events with national suppliers from studio workshops at the Centre for Creative Photography with Nikon, to food photography with Olympus, to the Wonder Walls with Canon.
She was responsible for organising and hosting some of Adelaide’s most successful photographic events such as partnering with the Adelaide Zombie Walk, Sony Australia and Fujifilm Australia to raise money for Food Bank SA.
Camera House even nominated her to represent the company nationally at the Lumix Pro experience in 2018 in which she was to put the Panasonic Lumix S series through its paces alongside legendary Australian photographer Ken Duncan. Her work earned her national recognition when her image in the portrait category placed third in Camera House’s Photographer of the Year Awards and was featured in Australian Photography magazine in February 2020.
She is passionate about maintaining the longevity of film photography and is slowly working her way through as much film as she can with an ulterior motive of adding to her growing film canister collection!
Always interested in the world of photography, Matthew spent his formative years undertaking several courses to hone his skills. He earned a Certificate in Commercial Photography in 1993 before eventually gravitating towards dark room more exclusively. His extensive knowledge and skill in this area presented an array of working opportunities to be well on the way to running and managing his own lab at Tru Color by the end of 1995.
It all came to a head when Matt decided to open his own store, West Lakes Digital Cameras before moving on to Glenelg Camera Centre which became a popular destination during his five years as the head of operations. It is no wonder then after accumulating over 27 years’ experience as a lab technician that when he joined us at City Cross at the end of 2018, he completely revolutionised our lab operations!
Maintaining one of the last fully functional Fujifilm wet lab’s in Adelaide, Matt has the added responsibility of knowing how rare this machinery is now given the rise of cheap traditional ink jet printing. He prides himself on achieving consistent high-quality archival prints through our Frontier, all quality controlled regardless of the quantity of prints and is always open to discuss any specific requirements you may need including custom sizing.
Any black & white film booked in with us is developed on site by Matt’s practiced hand and he can accommodate for pushing and pulling as necessary upon request. As such, he is something of an expert in development and chemistry – which we readily stock and can special order as required. If you need any expertise in the art of film development, whether starting out or advanced, Matt is your man!
So, whether compiling a list of darkroom supplies, framing your enlargements, building your personalised canvases, or querying how to optimise your prints, Matt will be here when you need him!