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Foto Express Henry Chang

Although newer buildings loom large around it along bustling Santa Clara Street, Foto Express has survived relatively unscathed, providing an environment for photographers to rent equipment and develop film photography since 1987. The eminent owner of the shop, Henry Chang, is known for his wizard-like knowledge of photography, his acumen for developing rare types of film, and a magnanimous personality, a winning combination that has kept customers coming back for decades. While the Valley builds up and out, Chang has learned to adapt to the digital age, but Foto Express—known both for its customer service and its specialties—still stands as an icon of a more traditional and intimate style of business.

“Over the years I’ve worked with a lot of students, and it’s great to see some of them nurture a real passion for photography. Some of those students have become teachers or even fine art photographers who show in galleries and museums across the world. That’s a really nice thing to see: all those young kids who use their talent and creativity so they can create a full career. Watching that passion grow is probably the most rewarding part of my job.”

FOTO EXPRESS 304 E Santa Clara St San Jose, CA 95113

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