The Awesome Claude Taylor Photography Gallery Closed Last Week in Dupont

1627 Connecticut Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“I was walking on my way home this evening and was shocked to see the building had been emptied out at 1627 Conn Ave. I think it’s the last independent stores to close on that block?”

Oh dang, I loved this place! I called Mr. Taylor who said he closed last week but will still be selling his photographs at festivals and on his website.

via Claude Taylor Photography

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  • Our material culture is dying. Instead of buying things people are buying memories. The provider of services will prosper, the craftsperson and retailer will not. Though I cannot say exactly why, this causes me some unease. There is a tremendous shift going on. And so I am sad to see the closing of this store, and though the details of its closing are unknown to me it is still a good opportunity to wax philosophic.

    • Eh, people still need beds, toilets, couches, plates, and even artwork for their walls. We spend probably $250-500 per year on art work and framing.
      If anything, I think the internet has allowed more artists to live off their work as they are able to reach wider audiences while living/making art in low COL locales. Instagram allows them to make fans all over the world and drives sales (for those artists savvy enough to create online sales portals). One does not need to move to Brooklyn to be a working, profitable artist and that’s fantastic.

  • Whoa. Farewell, Claude…

  • west_egg


  • I loved this shop, though I can’t say I ever bought anything there. My sense was that the stuff appealed largely to tourists. In the decade I’ve been in DC, the neighborhoods tourists go to has shifted from Dupont Circle to numerous others. I’m wondering if this contributed to the physical shop’s closing. Not to mention rents have been rising on this stretch for awhile – or so I assume from the lots of turnover in recent years.

    • Ashy Oldlady

      The area now seems to have a stale mix of businesses that cater to longtime (read: aging) residents and office workers, with little to offer tourists or people who live elsewhere.

  • I was actually surprised when I walked by over the summer and this place was STILL in business after all these years. Nothing against it, but a lot of the photos are the same as many years ago when I moved here – and this street is not really frequented by tourists.
    The last remaining mystery: Beadazzled (or whatever it’s called) on Conn. Nothing against them and I’m sure the owners are lovely people – but seriously, how can the demand for beads possibly keep that place open?!

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