Made In Chicago: Central Camera


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A longtime shop in Chicago’s South Loop represents photography’s past and future.

“This is like walking back in time. It’s a museum of photography," said Don Flesch, the owner of Central Camera on Wabash Avenue.

Central Camera first opened in 1899, and has been at its present location on Wabash just south of Adams since 1929.

Flesch is the third generation of his family to own Central Camera, and the curator of what he calls a “living, working museum.”

The family plans to keep Central Camera going for years to come, he said.

“My son is 31. My daughter is 29, and they have interest in photography,” Flesch said.