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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

One of Canada's most successful homegrown buisnesses, Black's Photography grew from a single store to a national, and international, chain. Robert Black, the former Vice President, weaves his own, and his family's, story into the history of the company. Beginning with his great-grandparents, Robert takes the story through the generations, imparting what each had contributed to the success of Black's.

Part family history, part autobiography, and part business history, Picture Perfect is a unique look at a unique family business that rewrote the book on photography. Black and his brothers used new methods of advertising, took advantage of every innovation, did their own photofinishing, and introduced the practice of printing 4 x 6 photos, when no one else was doing it.


Robert Black and his brothers built Black's Photography into one of the most successful companies in Canadian history. He was the first Canadian President of the Photo Marketing Association International (now known as the PMA). Robert Black passed away unexpectedly in April 2009.

Marnie Maguire graduated from the creative writing programs at York University and the City University of New York. She received her doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1997. she has taught various forms of writing in universities, colleges, and community settings in southern Ontario, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, New York.

204 pages
Pub date: October 2, 2009