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Unique Buffalo Business: Keystone Film Productions

You would have no idea it’s even there.  But located inside of the unassuming building, that stands devoid of identifying signage at 825 Main Street, is a studio whose work can be found all over the city; from restaurants, to sports arenas, to vehicles, to the very ground.

Keystone Film Productions joined forces with NetW Imagery around 12 years ago, and the two have been in that Main Street building for over 10 years.  During that time, they’ve produced work for the Sabres, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield-Penney, the Niagara Falls International Airport, and every ad agency in town.

They were even approached by a man from Western New York whose family believed they owned an original Michelangelo painting.

(Kevin Whipple of NetW Imagery mulls over some pieces for Mighty Taco)

“We care a lot about quality,” Biff Henrich of Keystone Film Productions said.  “We’re a boutique shop for that type of thinking.”

It’s their devotion to quality and experience in photographing and printing artwork that landed them an incredibly prestigious project from the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester.

The Eastman House approached Keystone hoping they could reproduce a piece of work by 12 internationally recognized photographers.  They needed 45 perfect reproductions of each piece of work, totaling 540 pieces.  The Eastman House commissioned the project as a fundraiser for their foundation.

One of the 12 photographers is Buffalo’s own John Pfahl.

“We had already worked with John.  He told the Eastman House about our work, and after only a 20 minute meeting they said, ‘We’re in,'” Biff recalls.

Not only does their experience with art printing lend perfectly to this portfolio, but Biff and Kevin are art lovers first and foremost.

“Sometimes the clients see our work and say, ‘That’s great’, but we aren’t satisfied; we’re the ones who want it to be perfect,” said Kevin Whipple. 

The prints are sold as a complete portfolio only, for $25,000.  

(Emily Dunlavey re-touches an image of city hall taken by Biff Henrich)

Keystone’s work can also be found inside HSBC Arena.  Next time you’re there, take a look at the Winter Classic mural that stretches over 100 feet on the first floor. 

(Rob Ray wallpaper inside Keystone offices)

Not bad for a company you wouldn’t even know is there.

(Top image: Keystone Film proudly displays their work throughout their unique office.)

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