A new storewill offer Lawrence residents the latest in photo technology.
A Kansas University alumnus and a Lawrence native have joined forces to bring Lawrence into the up-and-coming digital age with the opening of their new photography store on July 1.
Jodi Johnson and Todd Allison will open The Image Works, Inc., a full-service photography store that focuses on digital technology, Advance Photo Systems processing and presentation materials.
"There's a lot of new consumer technologies out there that isn't being done in Lawrence that I've noticed," Allison said. "We'll really be pushing presentation and all the new technologies and digital."
Located in The Malls Shopping Center, 23rd and Louisiana Street, the store will also carry darkroom supplies, lighting equipment, photo albums and other photography accessories.
Johnson said the store's high-technology equipment will process photos from wallet-size up to 12 x 18. It's able to scan from compact discs and computer floppy disks, as well as produce poster size prints on life-size printing paper. A black-and-white darkroom allows for black-and-white photo processing, and they accept any film for developing, from 110 to 220 medium format.
The purchase of existing inventory from a camera store in Overland Park, which recently went out of business, allowed the store owners to get up and running rather quickly.
"We've only been putting this together since May 1," Johnson said. "Getting all of this inventory helped fill the shelves rather quickly."
Johnson, with 18 years of photography experience in the Kansas City area, is a KU graduate who has focused on having her own retail store for a long time.
"I've always wanted to open my own place," she said.
Allison received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., and has recently worked for Camera America as a professional photographer and digital imaging specialist.
"I think we'll have a lot to offer Lawrence residents," he said.
Image Works will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.