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Photos Found on Memory Card Offer a Glimpse Inside B&H Photo Video

Photographer Linhbergh recently purchased a used camera from B&H Photo Video and found a Compact Flash card left inside the camera containing photographs taken from inside the store offices. They offer an interesting glimpse into the operations at the largest non-chain photo equipment store in the United States.

The business is owned by Herman Schreiber. Schreiber and many of the store’s employees are observant Satmar Hasidic Jews who close the store on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The website is open but orders are not taken or shipped between Friday evening and Saturday evening and on Jewish holidays. Surpassed only by the Diamond District in terms of Orthodox employment, the company is a vital part of the community’s financial health, with hundreds of Orthodox Jews on staff. An Orthodox Jewish bus company provides daily service to and from Kiryas Joel, a Satmar village in Orange County, New York. [#]

You can find some more photographs over on Linhbergh’s blog.


Thanks for the tip Clint and Linhbergh!


 
 
  • Davie

    money grabbing what

  • http://twitter.com/tyskkvinna Lis Bokt

    Awesome! :) I love B&H

  • FULLCF

     Not fascinating… 

  • Matt

    You spelled very wrong. 

  • April

     See!

    I told you Jews run the media!

  • Anonymous

    Good to tie some faces to the name. I could really care less if they were jews, muslims or part of the Prince Philip Movement of the Yaohnanen tribe. They are a great company and I have never had anything but good experiences dealing with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick020200 Rick Bennett

    Kiras Joel is just plain strange…
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/08/31/welcome-to-kiryas-joel-please-dress-accordingly/

    I absolutely support their desire to run their website (or not) the way they want, but they’ve lost purchases from me on a couple of occasions because of the Shabbat thing. And after I ran into that a few times, Adorama gets typed into my browser bar more frequently because I know they’ll be open. Seems like a silly interpretation of “do no work” to not allow people to queue work up for you when you return.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick020200 Rick Bennett

    Kiras Joel is just plain strange…
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/08/31/welcome-to-kiryas-joel-please-dress-accordingly/

    I absolutely support their desire to run their website (or not) the way they want, but they’ve lost purchases from me on a couple of occasions because of the Shabbat thing. And after I ran into that a few times, Adorama gets typed into my browser bar more frequently because I know they’ll be open. Seems like a silly interpretation of “do no work” to not allow people to queue work up for you when you return.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick020200 Rick Bennett

    Kiras Joel is just plain strange…
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/08/31/welcome-to-kiryas-joel-please-dress-accordingly/

    I absolutely support their desire to run their website (or not) the way they want, but they’ve lost purchases from me on a couple of occasions because of the Shabbat thing. And after I ran into that a few times, Adorama gets typed into my browser bar more frequently because I know they’ll be open. Seems like a silly interpretation of “do no work” to not allow people to queue work up for you when you return.

  • Igogosh

     I live in NYC and use these stores quite often and let me tell you: Adorama is just the same in terms of owners and store hours are just the same. They may not post it online but they are down for Shabbat too. I actually ran from BH to Adorama because Adorama was closing an hour later (3pm) on Friday:)

  • http://twitter.com/philhoyt Phil Hoyt

     Very cool. I found an old film splicer in a basement with the old B and H logo and manual. I will have to take some picture of it.

  • Tracelanguage

     Racist swine….

  • Tracelanguage

     That’s funny, Adolf. 

  • Tracelanguage

     Oh yeah, Rick, try buying a loaf of bread on Christmas day.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    … and you can’t structure a sentence worth a damn.

  • http://twitter.com/Martin_Q_Blank_ Phil Lowe

    Yet another advert masquerading as a some ‘interesting find’.  Just unfollowed Petapixel. Enough is enough.

  • Douglas

    Just because someone may look different than you or celebrate different holidays than you does not mean they deserve any less respect than you would expect from them.  If you have nothing but mean things to say, say nothing at all. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually was curious to see how this company was composed.  I already do my business there frequently and find it interesting to see its internal workings.

  • Anonymous

    I actually was curious to see how this company was composed.  I already do my business there frequently and find it interesting to see its internal workings.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Usually we don’t respond to anti-PetaPixel comments, but I think this one is worth responding to. Here ya go:

    1. How is this an advertisement? Are you suggesting that B&H paid us to publish these photos? Here on PetaPixel we disclose anything that might be a conflict of interest. The reason you rarely see disclosures is because we do our best to AVOID such conflicts. You’d be surprised at how many times we’ve been offered to be paid for Tweets or for a blog post. We’ve never done it.

    2. If the other “advert” you’re referring to is the wedding psychology video we shared yesterday (http://www.petapixel.com/2011/05/17/the-psychology-of-wedding-photography/), that certainly wasn’t an advert either. It’s true that it was an interview created by Lexar, and we regret the fact that it started with a Lexar logo and ended with a Lexar plug, but the reason we shared it was because I thought the photographer’s ideas were interesting and worth sharing. We have never been in any kind of financial dealing with Lexar if that’s what you’re wondering.

    3. I actually take pride in how free of advertising and junk content our Twitter account is. Every single link is something I think is worth sharing, and we have never ever been paid for a Tweet, even though we’ve been offered numerous times (as I said before).

    Hope that clarifies things a bit. Thanks for reading, and I hope you continue to do so :-)

  • Davie

     you don’t have to be Hitler to hate the jews, now whos small minded?

  • Steve

    I really like PetaPixel as it is.  I don’t get the complaint about advertising, you don’t have to click on every link if you aren’t interested.  There’s always something here that I like.

    And I would really like to see a B&H store in the UK.

  • Vashistha Pathak

    Peta pixel is a great website with its unique content, and I think this is really a very unique post and not a advertising or Junk content.

  • Really?

     How is this news at all? This isn’t behind the scenes…it’s some dudes sitting in an office. I can get this same glimpse watching one of their salesman open a door to the back and peeking in before the door shuts.

    Geez…

  • Guest

    did they mention women are not allowed to have any other positions than sales associates.

  • Nick

    Strange…I’m fairly certain that I couldn’t place an order from Adorama a few weeks ago because they were closed for passover.   

  • kenn

    I don’t know why people would complain about this post?  I find it interesting so I clicked on it.  If you think you can run a better blog with better “news” then go ahead… what are you waiting for.  Geez, you just can’t make everybody happy. 

    And by the way .. kudosss to PetaPixel – Michael! I only found out about this blog recently, and found the stuff you post here is nothing short of interesting! I check this website out at least a few times a day for cool and unique things about photography related stuff. 

    Thanks for all the hard work!

  • kenn

    Dudeeee….. really?  

  • Henry Posner

    Thanks to everyone who expressed their interest and curiosity in B&H. We’re a diverse company with employees from all walks of life.
    Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video 

  • Jaz

     I’ve used B&H quite a bit recently – they seem to know their stuff and provide good customer service whether in person or through the web.  I don’t see how them being Satmar Hacidic Jews is relevant other than how it affects their opening hours.  As for web orders being delayed – I order from NJ on a 3-day delivery and every time the order has arrived the next day – love it!

  • http://twitter.com/NatLightPhoto Mark Williamson

    You have a good site, but you’re not going to please everyone all of the time. Don’t sweat the small things or small people. The internet is like TV, if you don’t like what you are seeing, turn it off. They can do the same.

  • Jwcimaging

    Not true

  • Edovie

    Haha, those pictures are so “typical Yoily”.

  • http://twitter.com/Crestopher Brett

     What did he spell very wrong?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Bower/100000853006115 Tom Bower

    It’s very refreshing these days to read about and patronize a business that yes, wants to make a profit, but do it in an honest way with an emphasis on the customer.

    It seems obvious to me that Corporate America could take a lesson from these folks…you CAN make money by being honest and forthright…NOT being greedy and deceptive. It really IS possible in a free-market capitalist society to do this.

    I’ve trusted B&H for many years and will do so again.

  • Caryn Carlton-Jones

    No Davie, you don’t have to be Hitler to hate the Jews, but you DO have to apostrophize “Whos” correctly if you want to be considered at least passably intelligent…even amongst whatever Master Race you think you are part of. 

  • http://twitter.com/NanaKofiPhotos Nana Kofi Acquah

     I love B&H. As far as I know, they are the only US photography company that took the time and effort to make sure I can use my Debit Card to order from them in Ghana. Most American companies, including Adorama don’t bother.  Anything Africa puts them off but beyond the prejudice are a lot of people, ready and capable of doing honest business.

    I will always buy from B&H.

  • Shelzer

    As a customer of both Adorama and B&H I am revolted by the racist crap these pictures evoked. This fine blog, PetaPixel, shouldn’t be soiled by the flatulent outbursts of mutant cretins.

    As for the pictures, they are test shots that were taken inside the Used Camera department. When you trade in a body and glass these guys quickly test it by shooting a couple of shots of their immediate used camera department surroundings.

  • Guest

     true

  • Guest

     true

  • Guest

     true

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick020200 Rick Bennett

     You’ve completely missed my point…

    To buy a loaf of bread at (I assume you mean) a brick&mortar store, employees have to be present. If those employees have a belief that to work on Xmas day is a sin then they shouldn’t work, and I’m cool with that.

    These guys (B&H) disable purchasing on their website, which is a computer (or a bunch of them), not a human. The orders placed would queue up until the employees are allowed to work again. No person has to be working for their website to accept orders. It’s silly, and causes them to lose business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick020200 Rick Bennett

     I’ve never personally encountered that with Adorama, and would be just as frustrated with them too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick020200 Rick Bennett

     Douglas, which comment are you complaining about? Where were the mean comments?  Please do be more specific with your tone-trolling (ooh, sorry, that might just be a bit mean).

  • http://twitter.com/HelenOster Helen Oster

    I was concerned to read your post and would like to apologize for any
    inconvenience that was caused, as we usually try to assist customers with
    individual needs like yours, wherever we can

    Helen Oster
    Adorama Camera Customer Service
    Ambassador

  • http://twitter.com/HelenOster Helen Oster

     Hi Rick,

    We do appreciate your business, however I need to be straight with you!

    While it’s absolutely possible to place an online order with Adorama when we are closed on the Sabbath or our Holy Days, this is because we don’t charge a customer’s cc until an order is actually dispatched – as the prohibition extends to accepting payments on those days, too. Orders won’t be processed until we re-open.

    This is a neat video which shows how Adorama orders are actually fulfilled:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKwydXTTIKo&feature=related

    This blog entry of mine explains the reasons why we close when we do in a bit more depth  http://helenoster.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-is-adorama-camera-closed.html

    I hope this helps!

    Helen Oster
    Adorama Camera Customer Service
    Ambassador

  • henryp

    Possibly your film splicer is from  Bell & Howell. Not related to B&H Photo at all.
     - Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

  • henryp

     I am happy to be able to report this is entirely incorrect.
     - Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

  • henryp

     You may find http://bhpho.to/lopktt informative. The short answer is commerce is prohibited and our owner has elected a more conservative interpretation of this prohibition. We regret any inconvenience it may cause.
      – Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

  • Gaspar Sancoche

    don’t you think they are aware they lose business by doing this? Perhaps they think that some things are more important.