These images are from the Last Days of a camera store. They depict portraits of the many customers who came in on the last day of formal business, and a few days later when the store got packed up and cleaned out. This project also depicts community, the community of generations who patronized this local store.
The last day came when this film popped up on my news feed: Camera Store, a movie featuring John Larroquette, John Rhys-Davies, Cheryl Ladd, David James Elliott and many others.
Here is the synopsis from the website, “It’s Christmas Eve morning 1994. Ray LaPine and his loquacious, liquored-up salesman Pinky Steuben are trying to make it through the biggest shopping day of the year, again. Two decades ago, their camera store was a thriving neighborhood business. Today, Bibideaux Photographic has withered into a sad relic of a bygone era. The two men now find themselves trapped while merely keeping the store alive for their wealthy, amoral, and absent boss, Mr. Bibideaux. But there is something different about today. With the arrival of an old friend, Ray gets word of a big change coming to the business he thought he knew so well. Ray must act immediately to save himself from the sinking ship before he loses the little chance he has for a better life. ” – Camera Store film
I am working diligently in bringing this movie and it’s producers, Bob Peterson and Nick Cafritz, to Kansas City, which will be in conjunction with a one night exhibit from my Last Days project. If you would like to help with this project, you may contact me through this website.
Update: The producers are off producing so they will be unable to attend. Here is the schedule for the event:
August 12th, 5PM
Movie: Camera Store
Location: Crown Center, MTH Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd #301, Kansas City, MO 64108
Exhibit/Reception: Last Days, 2016 Main Gallery, 2016 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108
Food: Provided by Papu’s Mediterranean , 604 W 75th St., Kansas City, MO 64114
Event Package: $25 per person, if there is a print of you in the exhibit you get to take that print home. (purchase link to come)