In the late 1970s FotoTechnika was only a dream inspired by our studies at the University of North Florida and our desire to work together. We envisioned the melding of graphic, fine art and photographic services into a single hybrid visual arts company. In fact, the name FotoTechnika (fo-to-tek-nih-kah) was a contrived company name created for a college graphic arts course. We incorporated FotoTechnika in 1981 but it remained a part-time venture until 1987 when the full-service photo lab was established at 624 Lomax Street. Our early history included service to the local community, but within a few short years we had customers from all over the country.
Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, FotoTechnika was a full service photo lab, but by the turn of the century it had become part photo lab and part digital printmaker. More recently we have added digital press capabilties and photo gifting to our menu of services. FotoTechnika is now very much the hybrid we originally envisioned. We do a little bit of everything, and everything we do, we strive to do well, offering many specialty services that are rarely found under one roof.
As technology has changed, so has the knowledge and experience of our personnel. We have reinvented ourselves numerous times, and that process continues to this day. But alas, some things just aren't meant to be reinvented, and the old house at 624 Lomax was one of them. We modified the interior of the house numerous times, but upgrades and expansion of services we envisioned in late 2012 could only be accomplished by moving the operation to a more customer- and equipment-friendly location. To that end we moved to our new home in the Mudville Grille plaza in the St. Nicholas community in 2013.
We still serve several niche markets that have regional and even national appeal, but today, more than ever, we are a shop for all people, constantly adding imaging services that can benefit almost anyone. Allow us to extend our unique boutique approach that combines Southern hospitality with professionalism and craftsmanship to you. Our goal is to provide you, our customer, with products you will love and an experience you will want to repeat and share with your family and friends.