LOMOgraphy’s Gallery Store London in Soho is to close after 10 years.
LOMOgraphy UK posted a message on Facebook on Thursday which read: “We are very sad to announce that the LOMOgraphy Gallery Store Soho will close its doors this Saturday evening (Feb 16th).
“We’ve had an amazing 10 years full of events, workshops and exhibitions and we want to thank everyone for visiting, hanging out and being part of the community. There will be a great Sale on until our last days trading so do pop by before we close.
“Don’t fear though we will be organising lots of new exhibitions, workshop and events for 2019 so sign up to our newsletter to keep in the loop!
“Our products and services can still be found on our Online Shop
“For now, our LOMOLab service is unavailable but it will back soon.”
The Soho store opened in 2009, though LOMOgraphy had opened its first gallery in London as far back as 2000.
LOMO also used to have a gallery store in Spitalfields Market in east London, but this closed in 2014.
The opening of the LOMOgraphy Gallery Store London bucked the trend of camera stores closing in London, as the recession, rising rents and rates and the move to online shopping claimed camera store after camera store.
The store, based in Newburgh Street parallel to London’s famous shopping destination Carnaby Street, has played host to many exhibitions, including the launch of Queen guitarist Brian May’s stereoscopic book about the band in 2018.
While the store will close, LOMOgraphy will continue to run operations in the UK.
Kosmo Foto will be one of many London photographers sad to see the store’s closure.