Our Story

With 86,400 seconds in a day and 31,536,000 seconds in a year, we believe in the power of photography to capture special moments in time. A single second frozen in a photograph can last forever. As Sy Parish said in the film “One Hour Photograph,” when that shutter clicks and the flash goes off, you’ve stopped time, if only for an instant. We believe that anyone can harness this magical ability, and we’re here to help you do just that.

Our story began in September 2017 when Lorenzo started The Black and White Box in a garage with drop-off points around Auckland City. We started with a Noritsu V30 Colour processor and a Fuji Frontier SP3000 scanner. However, due to the growing demand from passionate photographers and our commitment to quality, we expanded to a small warehouse in Ellerslie. After two successful years, in 2020, we moved again, this time to a larger location closer to the vibrant heart of Auckland City, at 127B Newton Road. Here, we continue to operate as a dedicated full-service photo lab.

Over the six years we’ve been in business, we’ve assembled a friendly and knowledgeable team of photography enthusiasts. Most of us have been here from the start. Together, we’re dedicated to providing the highest-quality photographic services at affordable prices. We’ve also created an environment that encourages inspiration and conversations about the art of film photography.

Whether you’re looking for film, fine art printing, framing, expanding your photography skills or a gift for a photography-loving friend, we’re here to help.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Meet The Team

Taken on the Wet Plate Collodion process in 4 x 5

Staff Portrait of Lorenzo Thapliyal.​
Staff Portrait of Nicole Brannen.​ Our Lab Technician

Lorenzo Thapliyal


Nicole Brannen

Lab Technician

Staff Portrait of Ethan Menzies.​ Our Film Processing Technician
Staff Portrait of Isabelle Culpan.​ Our Fine Art Print Technician

Ethan Menzies

Film Processing Technician, Handy Man

Isabelle Culpan

Fine Art Print Technician

Staff Portrait of Ziggy Bond.​ Our Fine Art Framing Technician

Ngaru Garland

Scanning Technician

Ziggy Bond

Picture Framing Technician

Staff Portrait of Michael Nash.​ Our Lab Technician
Staff Portrait of Zoe Bertenshaw.​ Our Lab Technician

Michael Nash

Lab Technician

Zoe Bertenshaw

Lab Technician

Staff Portrait of Kimberley Estall.​ Our Graphic designer and social media manager
Staff Portrait of Serena Wolfkamp.​ Our Fine Art Framing Technician

Kimberley Estall

Graphic Design, Social Media

Serena Wolfkamp

Picture Framing Technician

Staff Portrait of John Schroeder.​ Our Fine Art Print Technician​

John Schroeder

Fine Art Print Technician

Staff Portrait of Connor Ward.​ Our Admin Assistant

Connor Ward

Admin Assistant

Friends and Family

Ikigai Camera

Vixen Vintage

Ikigai Camera is your go-to for anything analog related! Based in Melbourne, Australia, Ikigai is an experienced team of analog lovers who love keeping film affordable. Besides selling a massive range of film at great prices, they now offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of film processing services in Australia. If you’re ever across the ditch these are the guys to visit!


Vixen is a curated vintage boutique sourced exclusively from the vintage hot-spots of the world. Whether you’re looking to liven up your wardrobe, want some beautiful vintage accessories, or have a dress up party you want to look amazing for, Vixen gives you access to all of the legendary eras of clothing for amazing prices.

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