Dexter Filming Locations: Photographer Jonathan Farrow's Studio


The location: Jonathan Farrow's Studio.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A photography studio.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7 (of Season 4), "Slack Tide".

    It is the photography studio and home of eccentric photographer Jonathan Farrow, who
    specializes in violent photos showing his models with bloody injuries.

    When the arm of one of Farrow's models shows up inside an alligator, Dexter becomes convinced that he is the killer.

    He breaks into his studio, and looks for evidence. He finds blood on the floor and a broken fingernail that perfectly matches that of the dead model.

    This convinces Dexter that Farrow is a killer (despite the fact that the evidence only proves that someone killed the model at Farrow's studio, not who killed her).

    So he sneaks away from a camping trip with Cody, and kills Farrow at this studio.

    Only later (when someone else is arrested for the crime), does Dexter realize that he has killed an innocent man for the first time.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A photography studio - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The brick building we see is Donald Miller Photography, at 447 SHewitt Street, in the warehouse/artists district of downtown Los Angeles.

    That's on the west side of Hewitt Street, just south of E. 4th Street, and just a few doors down from the location where they filmed the scene of Dexter helping Trinity load his van.

    And it's not far from both Tito's Bar & the old boxing gym.

    Below is a Google Panorama of the location:

    (Warning: This isn't a great part of town - a bit too close to Skid Row, so it's probably not a place you want to go.)

    Here is an aerial photo. And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  I came across a short list of downtown filming notifications (designed to warn downtown residents about filming that might affect their lives), and there were three Dexter filmings listed: one on Santa Fe (Tito's Bar), and two nearby on 6th Street (this location and the supply store).

    Once I came across locations that looked like they might be in the warehouse district, I used Google StreetView (see above) to look at both addresses, and was able to match up this location with the scene.

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