A brief history of B&H, the largest non-chain camera store in the US


The camera superstore B&H Photo Video is the largest non-chain camera store in the United States and one of the (if not the) largest in the world. The store made this 1.5-minute video that tells the story of how the juggernaut of the industry came to be.

B&H was born over 45 years ago, back in 1973, as a “mom and pop” camera store in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

B&H has had its challenges over the years but I always dropped in during the New York Macworld Expos because it was such a cool, old-school kind of store. If you’re ever in New York City, stop by just for the fun of it – and the free candy. And now I know what the “B&H” stands for.