Al Slesinger at our first retail location

Al Slesinger at our first retail location

In the 1980's and 1990's, Alkit expanded into Commercial Photography, as one of New York's major photographic stockhouses. Alkit was the largest distributor of Ektachrome Sheet-Film in the United States, for catalog houses, corporate and professional studios. Alkit was the first Kodak Still Video Dealer, the pre-cursor to digital photography, and the premier Rental House for professional equipment in NYC.  We were awarded "Retailer-of-the-Year" by Photo Trade News in 2001.

VINTAGE ALKIT/NIKON PRINT-AD, CIRCA 1980

VINTAGE ALKIT/NIKON PRINT-AD, CIRCA 1980

History

Founded in 1936 by our grandfather and industry-pioneer, Al Slesinger, who established our reputation for outstanding customer service. Al was a Russian immigrant who escaped after the Russian Revolution. Al worked as a delivery-boy for Sidney Berkowitz of Berkey Photo Labs, and then saved enough money to buy the route. He later opened Alkit Camera Shops in New York City. A successful photo retailer, Alkit serviced such notable clients as Jacqueline Kennedy, Maria Callas, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack Dempsey, and a long list of many more who Al considered to be his friends. 

Al & kitty slesinger

Al & kitty slesinger

Now owned and operated by Steven Buchbinder and David Buchbinder, Alkit is proud to be one of the premier professional labs in the country. We specialize in printing schools, sports, wedding, social and portrait photography. We always strive to bring our professional clients unparalleled quality, the highest level of customer service and great value in photographic printing.

vintage alkit-branded promo lens cleaning tissue

vintage alkit-branded promo lens cleaning tissue

Alkit Production Facilities

In 2007, we completed a major expansion of our facilities to meet the growing needs of the digital photographer. Our expansive Long Island, NY location offers the professional photographer the latest digital technologies and workflow. Staffed with knowledgeable and courteous associates, our goal is to exceed your expectations!

Hurricane Sandy

Alkit President Steven Buchbinder is interviewed by Radio Station WalkFM after Hurricane Sandy

In October 2012, Alkit was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. This epic storm washed four feet of water into our lab, taking out power, equipment, computers and inventory. Our amazing staff completed a full restoration in just eleven days, thanks to round-the-clock efforts, and despite persistent power outages, a gas shortage, and one more nor'easter. We are ecstatic and thankful to be able to continue servicing the professional photographic community for many years to come!

 

 

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