Still River Editions is celebrating its 30th anniversary in business located in Danbury, Connecticut.
Still River Editions started off in 1987 as Connecticut Photographics, focusing mainly on traditional black and white film processing and printing, and slide processing. Owners Catherine Vanaria and Mark Savoia relocated from Boston to start the business when they saw a need for professional photographic services in the area. At that time, clients were largely professional portrait photographers, commercial photographers, and publishing companies.
In 1989, when the business moved from Shelter Rock Rd. to its current, somewhat tucked-away location on East Liberty St., it dedicated a portion of the new space to a gallery dedicated to exhibiting local, regional, and national artists quarterly, with a primary focus on prints.
In the 90s, the business began to do digital fine art printing when it was a new frontier. Later the business named its digital department, Still River Editions (named after the Still River, which runs through a culvert in the rear parking lot, diverted from downtown Danbury after the flood of 1955).
The clientele has shifted with the evolution of digital technology, and many commercial photographers moving from film to digital cameras or moving on to other fields.
Now the business primarily serves fine artists (reproducing photographs, paintings, watercolors and drawings), museums, historical societies, portrait photographers, and people seeking restoration services for damaged photographs. In 2017, Savoia and Vanaria officially brought both parts of the business completely under the Still River Editions name. Still River Editions now offers scanning, digital printing, and digital photographic restoration as well as continuing to process and print black and white film in chemistry.
Still River Editions has made exhibition prints for numerous well-known photographers and organizations including among them Bill Eppridge, Eddie Adams, CBS’s 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Bobby Grossman, Steve Schapiro, and more.
Vanaria is still the business’ Master Black and White Printmaker, however now she works primarily at Western Connecticut State University as an Assistant Professor of Art, and Chair of the Art Department, while Mark Savoia is the Master Digital Printmaker and sees to day-to-day. They have one employee, Lys Guillorn, who has been with the business since 1998. Guillorn specializes in scanning, digital restoration, and is the Gallery Director.