After 60 years in business, Anthony Rossi Photography in downtown Canton is no longer.
CANTON Mary Rossi Bajornas has been working at Anthony Rossi Photography Studio since she was in high school.
Her father opened the business at 135 Sixth St. NW on April 1, 1957. Bajornas closed the shop Friday, after 60 years.
For much of those 60 years high school portraits were the studio’s primary business. Bajornas said that in the mid-1990s the studio was shooting 1,500 senior portraits each year. The number has dropped to about 100, she said.
Technology changed the business, Bajornas said.
“Kids have a thousand pictures on their phones,” she said.
Anthony Rossi was born in Canton and graduated Timken High School in 1942. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and that’s where he learned photography, working in a darkroom and printing aerial reconnaissance photos. When the war ended, he attended photography school in Dallas for two years, then came home to Canton.
Rossi managed other photo studios for several years before opening his own. Bajornas recalls watching her father work in a darkroom in the family’s home. She started working with him at the studio while still attending Central Catholic High School.
She stayed on until her children were born and returned to work at the studio when the youngest started school. The work was fun, she said. “I loved working with my dad.”
During the early years, Rossi shot weddings, children’s portraits and family portraits. For a while he relied on city buses to get him to weddings because he didn’t have a car.
The studio did strive to keep up with changing technology, Bajornas said. It started using digital equipment years ago. But the studio couldn’t keep up with the dwindling number of customers.
Bajornas and her brother, Anthony Jr., worked at the studio with their father. Later Rick Bajornas, Mary’s husband, took over for Anthony Jr. as photographer.