Time Past

June 30, 2015

These are a couple of old SX-70 Polaroids of the original Reactor second floor studio at 51 Camden Street. These were taken in 1983. That’s Jeff Jackson in the fourth picture.






R.I.P. – 51 Camden Street

June 26, 2015

Posted by Louis Fishauf

51 Camden Street – home of Reactor Art + Design from 1982 to 2014. And for 19 years before that, home to Camden Cooper Garments, my dad Nathan’s schmatta business in the old garment district. Nathan and his partner Sam Warner bought the building in April 1963 for $53,500.

Throughout my teenage years, I spent summers and weekends working for my dad, hauling rolls of textiles up to the third floor, and helping to lay down hundreds of layers of cloth on the long cutting table, to be cut into the pattern pieces for the stretchy slacks and ski jackets that were the mainstay of the business.

In 1982, upon my dad’s retirement, I took over the second floor space where Bill Grigsby and I started Reactor Art + Design. I was Reactor’s creative director for 13 years until 1995 when I decided to pursue life as a freelance designer/art director/illustrator. Through up-sizing and down-sizing, Reactor was a tenant in the building for over 32 years until it was sold in 2014.

51 Camden_then+now

Grigsby in Philly 2003

August 29, 2013


Download Dreams of Patoot!

July 11, 2013

It’s finally here! Blair Drawson’s interactive visual narrative for the iPhone is now available for downloading from the iTunes Store.






April 9, 2013


Year of Reactor – 30 years in 2012 – Photo Archive

February 13, 2012

Bill Grigsby & Bill Russell circa 1986