Funny Photo Developers Describe The Weirdest Pictures They've Ever Seen  

Mick Jacobs
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Everyone knows camera film needs to be developed in order to get your pictures, but do they ever consider the developers who will be seeing their prints? Clearly, such a thought never crossed the minds of any of the subjects of these photo developer horror stories. Like shocking family secrets, weird photos seen in photo tech labs never intended to be seen by unfamiliar eyes. But as is the case with the most scandalous of secrets, the craziest things seen by photo developers easily made their way onto the internet. Photo developers shared their weirdest stories on Reddit, much to the delight and horror of everyone who could bare to witness. While some of the scarier photos delve into darker territory, many of the funnier photos seen by photo lab techs simply leave you feeling quite amused at the brazenness of people and their cameras. 

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From user LemonJones:

"A regular who took photos of himself c*mming on food and eating them afterwards. Learned pretty fast to not look his photos when I developed them."

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Caught Red-Neck Handed

From user johnnylockjaw1980:

"I worked in a small mom and pop photo lab in Texas. This morbidly obese, redneck a**hole, decked in head-to-toe camouflage dropped off a roll of film. He was a typical, rude, "watchu lookin' at f*ggot" kind of hick.

Almost the entire roll was him and three other guys wearing latex granny panties with built-in butt plugs, rolling around with each other. There was a mattress with a half-gallon of mineral oil next to it. There were a few pictures of a large, naked woman in a bathtub. I'm relatively sure that he believed this made him straight.

In retrospect, he's probably a Redditor. If you're reading this, be nicer to guys that print your photos. Because print them, we did."

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A Terrible Scene

From user irishliam:

"While I was still in school, I worked in a camera store, and we developed pics. The printing tech called me upstairs one day to show me something he thought was quite odd.

This sweet old lady had handed in a roll of film and an old photo where the clouds kind of, sort of, but not really at all, looked like god, and she wanted it copied. She was a typical god-fearing, Catholic old Irish woman. The odd thing was what was in her roll of film. The shots were mainly of typical family pics taken in Spain: happy family group shots, grandkids playing, the usual. Except right in the middle of the roll were four shots of a guy in his mid 30s laying underneath a chair in a pool of his own blood.

Naturally I called the police, and they sent two detectives down to look at the shots. They were really cool, and decided to organize a little sting. When the woman returned I was to stall her, while we called the detectives, who were waiting in a car around the corner. All went according to plan and they met her when outside discreetly when she left the store.

The detectives were nice enough to come back and tell us the results. It turns out the man in the photos was the woman's son, who was a raging alcoholic. The photos were taken after a particularly drunken binge where he nearly killed himself. She took them to show him once he was sober at an intervention they had planned.

He died the week previous, and she had completely forgotten about the photos, and fell apart when the detectives showed them to her. I'll never forget it."

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The '90s Were A Time

From user TropicDrunk:

"Worked as a printer in the '90s and saw many of the same sort of thing mentioned by others. It was always a good day when you'd get young sexy people processing their amateur sex shots, and always a gross day when you'd get the graphic birth photos. Both occurred about once or twice a week on average.

Notably weird ones:

  • This very nebbish looking civil servant type guy who would bring roll after roll of photos of Pam Anderson taken by photographing his TV screen during scenes in Baywatch.
  • Biker funeral photos where all his buddies took turns posing with his corpse holding bottles of Jack Daniels and beers. 
  • Super angry, creepy, bearded guy brought in photos of him eating out his girlfriend's very hair p*ssy while it was covered in whipped cream. A whole roll of blurry close up shots of hair and white stuff. Couldn't tell if it was his mouth or her beaver in half the shots. Still haunts my dreams."
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