Central Camera in Chicago and PDMLs Year End Quote List

Christine Aguila christine at caguila.com
Mon Jun 1 14:01:03 EDT 2020

Hi Everyone!

I hope you and your families are well and safe during these very difficult times.

I thought I’d share a photography related story.  Many of you probably know of Central Camera store located downtown Chicago.  It’s a quirky but fun camera store, which has been in business for 121 years, founded 1899.  Don Flesh is the 3rd generation owner; his grand-father started the business; Flesh is aged 72.

Sadly, Central Camera suffered looting and was burned out.  Flesh is confident he can get the store back up and running, which is good.  He is also not angry and stands “with the African American community in solidarity.”

On the one hand I share this story because, well, this is a photography list and this is a photography story  and I thought photographers on the list would be interested.

But on the other hand I thought I’d highlight two Flesh quotes that would have definitely made our PDML Quote List that Mark Roberts puts together every year had Flesh been a PDMLer.

Quote #1:  “I wanted to go in, but the looters, there were so many people walking by and I was a little bit shy and fearful and all I had was an umbrella that was closed, and I didn’t think I could knock out everybody.  No Rambo here,”  he said.

Quote #2:  “Flesh started the live interview by noting that he had run out of film and his phone had died so he was unable to photograph the scene.  Asked for his parting thoughts, he said, ‘I hope everybody is safe.  Everybody should learn a lesson.  What is the lesson?  Be prepared.  Have more film in your pocket.’”

I’ve included the link to the article below.  
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-central-camera-chicago-protests-20200531-edkmqfinz5eitfjbmutzssl6tu-story.html <https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-central-camera-chicago-protests-20200531-edkmqfinz5eitfjbmutzssl6tu-story.html>

Cheers, Christine 

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