10.2 billion reasons photography matters to the economy

There are those who consider photography, especially in printed form, something of a moribund industry. It’s hard to believe, but they exist.

And they’re wrong.

A study released this month by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) shows that the group of industries referred to as “the arts” contributed $763.6 billion to the US economy in 2015, of which a respectable $10.2 billion came from photography and photo-finishing services, with yearly growth of about 3%. Of course, that’s only counting industry directly classified as photography. Fields in which photography is an integral part contributed even more to our economy, all of which are also growing:

Motion pictures: $99.3 billion
Advertising: $33.1 billion
Design services: $19.5 billion

Handily, Mike’s Camera is here to help you with any of these pursuits! Click the names of the industries above to explore some of our services, or check out the original study here.

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