Fast Photos

Making pictures like pizza

An exultant Jake Faller bounded into the photo shop in Marina del Rey, Calif., with a roll of Kodacolor II film in hand. Just one hour later, the real estate developer raced back to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica to show the pictures of their new daughter to his wife, who was still in the recovery room. That rapid service is the signature of a new addition to the $2.2 billion-a-year consumer photo-finishing field: the one-hour film-processing shop.

The new outlets can develop the pictures faster because of their new, on-site equipment. Most retail processors send film to...

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