"An Inspiringly Photogenic Bookstore with a Human Touch"

The Last Bookstore

What happens when you combine thousands of used books, an abandoned bank, and an eclectic sense of style? You get the wondrous world of old books that is known as The Last Bookstore. A labour of love for owner Josh Spencer, The Last Bookstore is a love letter to a time when bookstores were more personal. A time before the age of big block bookstore chains and soulless consumerism made stores devoid of character.

The Last Bookstore is a 22,000 square foot temple to a bygone era. Offering thousands of used books on every conceivable subject that can be found for a fair price within its walls. Adding to the unusual beauty of the space, overstock and damaged books have also been arranged in unique ways bordering on sculpture.

Welcome to the Last Bookstore

Check out this short award-winning documentary on The Last Bookstore and its founder Josh Spencer. Josh’s story is equal parts compelling and inspiring.

Photographing The Last Bookstore

As with any commercially owned space, the key is to be subtle. Don’t expect to walk in with a massive camera bag and start setting up tripods. Pack light and bring only the bare minimum of photographic equipment. We recommend a nice lightweight mirrorless with high ISO. Flash is nothing but annoying in spaces like these, and as this is a place of business you want to ensure you are not disruptive. Also, we recommend shooting in the evening as this time of day will bring out the soft ambient lighting of the space. This photo location is a study in patterns, rhythms and compositional elements. Shoot casually and embrace the eclectic beauty space.

The store is at 453 Spring Street and opens from 10 am to 10 pm Sunday to Thursday, and 10 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday. Parking is available on the street at meters, or public transit is convenient.  If you do bring a bag, expect to have it checked with security. You can find more info on their website here: www.lastbookstorela.com.

Enjoy your time in the bookstore and be sure to buy a book before you leave. I guarantee there are some hidden gems in the photographic section.

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