Step inside the Warner Bros. Photo Lab on the Burbank lot on any given day, and you’ll find professionals with varying proficiencies—from scanning, retouching, graphic design and multimedia—processing photographic images that reflect both popular culture and Hollywood history. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes image from the latest Warner Bros. Pictures film or a decades-old black and white photograph of the Warner Bros. water tower, the images that come through the Lab each tell a special story about the work and history of the studio.
The Warner Bros. Photo Lab dates back to the early 1930s, at which time its primary function was to take portraits of the Studio’s contract actors for publicity purposes, including for fan clubs. While the photo industry has shifted from a print business to a largely digital business, the purpose of the Photo Lab remains the same—to process still images from films and TV shows into proofs and prints for publicity and advertising purposes.
Today, more than ever, the Photo Lab continues to be at the cutting edge of technology in the processing, delivery and archiving of these vital images, working with Warner Bros. divisions as well as with other Hollywood studios, independent productions, media relations firms and photographers. For many years, the Photo Lab’s expertise has also been available to Warner Bros. employees, providing developing services for personal photos and offering holiday photo shoots for employees and their families. To accommodate consumers’ digital photography needs, the Lab will also be providing technical support and image enhancement services for employees’ personal photos in the near future.