John Ralph, John Ralph's Camera House
From pharmacy to photographics
The name John Ralph is synonymous on the Central Coast with photography and video. However not too many people would be aware that John is a pharmacist by profession and at one stage co-owned three pharmacies in Wyong Shire as well as the invalid aid shop and health food store at Long Jetty.
So what prompted this practising pharmacist of twenty years to enter the world of cameras and photography in the mid 1980s? And how did he overcome the numerous challenges facing photographic businesses over that time, from changing technologies, duty free and GST, to competition from new camera retailers and film processors in the form of megastores like JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee and Harvey Norman
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