Ivory Photo

Ivory Photo Closing 01/31/20 – By Appointment Through Jan. of 2020

Posted on December 17, 2019

Dear friends, clients and family,


It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Ivory Photo will be closing its doors at the end of January 2020. We are so incredibly grateful for the love and support over our 95 years in business.

Through the Month of January, we will be open by appointment only.

It’s not too late to schedule your Studio Portraits, Old Photo Restoration and Visa/Passport Photos.

If you have done business with us and would like a digital copy of your photos, email: (devin@ivoryphoto.com) for an emailed copy.

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One Current Project – Old Photo Restoration

Posted on August 13, 2019

Here is an example of a wonderfully challenging project that we have here at Ivory Photo:




The original photo is a tintype photo.

Not only can you see the deterioration, but you can also see, that the photo is faded where the frame did not cover.

One relieving thing about having an old photo scanned is that: it isn't the only copy in the world and the deterioration cannot get any worse!

While we can't make something out of nothing, there is a lot that we can do for photos that seem not savable.

We have the equipment to scan all of your old photographs (tintype, negative, slides, glass slides).


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Management changing soon

Posted on July 11, 2019

My name is Devin Buhro and I have had the pleasure to apprentice at Ivory Photo since 2016. I have been learning from Michael Hough, who is the current owner, and am in the process of taking over ownership of the company. I am extremely enthusiastic about working at such a wonderful business with such a rich history in Ann Arbor! We pride ourselves on friendly and efficient service, with a quality product. I have had the pleasure of learning from the best and look forward to meeting with you to consult on your next photo project!




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Moving Complete

Posted on July 11, 2013

07-08-13:  Ivory Photo has completed moving to the new location at 317 S. Division, Second Floor.  My workspace is above the Mail Shoppe, which shares the same address.  Parking is available for a limited number of cars at the rear of the building, as well as metered parking nearby on Division Street and Library Lane.


I regretfully discontinued my  BW film developing service, since I can't justify having chemicals and plumbing above another business.  So that's an end of an era, because I was the last one in this area who was capable of developing Black and White films, and it's always been one of Ivory Photo's services, since 1925.  Personally, I believe that Black and White film photography will survive, because it's 19th century technology, not 20th century.  It predates electric light, and the telephone, and so many other technologies we take for granted now.  And when photography began, the chemical processes were done at room temperatures in the photographer's basement.  So this is why it will survive, when color negatives and color transparencies are finished.  Black and White will continue to be useful and relevant because it can be done simply and without complicated machinery.  And so it will be.  I wish all traditional photographers well, in confidence that they will find a way to continue their art under their own control.


Ivory will move forward, continuing the specialties that have helped us survive all the ups and downs of economics and technology.  These are: The restoration and reproduction of old photos,  Business portraiture, photos for government documents (especially foreign metric requirements, and infants), photographing artwork and products, commercial photography and custom printmaking.  I am considering adding equipment to scan slides that will enable me to make competitive bids on large orders.

I like to boast that 'no one brings me the easy stuff..."  So I'm proud to be a problem solver, a custom printer, good at deadline work.  That will also continue.

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Moving to 317 S. Division, second floor.

Posted on April 12, 2013

The Mail Shoppe
I have found a place to move, and will be doing business there beginning in June 2013.  I will continue with all of the listed services with the exception of BW film processing.
Film processing will end in May 2013.
Parking for my new location is at the rear of the Mail Shoppe Building.  There are spaces for several cars.  Additional parking is across the street on Division, and in the new parking structure recently completed by the Ann Arbor Public Library.Unknown

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Trying out a new Post on the Ivory Photo Blog

Posted on February 2, 2010

Photography isn't something I just do for a "living" any more than "music" is. Being creative is in the bones. It's just something you have to do to survive. We're all creative in our own ways whether we're a cashier at Kroger or an Astronaut or Barrack Obama... creativity isn't limited to the arts. We're being creative when we have a lively conversation about something that excites us. We're being creative when we take our dogs for a walk through the park. We're being creative when we stare up at the stars dreaming about ... well ... anything. Whether you believe in a "Creator" or "Higher Power" or "God" - all you have to do is pay attention to see how much creativity goes into the everyday. It's really quite something.

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