Interview with owner of Tuttle Cameras, Eric Vitwar in Long Beach CA.
Harvey and Dick Tuttle opened the first store after serving in WWII in 1946 on 2nd street in Belmont Shore and a second store in 1947 on Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls, which is now the only location. Eric started working for the Tuttle family in 1990 and purchased the store from them in 1998. Photography has been a passion of his since high school and he loves capturing images with all kinds of cameras.
Tuttle Cameras is a full service camera store, they carry new and used cameras (digital & film), lenses, flashes, film, albums, frames, tripods, bags, and much more. They also offer film processing, photo restoration, camera repair, video transfer, and printing of all kinds. We caught up with owner Eric to find out more about the store, Long Beach, and life behind the lens.
NAME: Eric Vitwar
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
1. What is something that has been an inspiration to you lately?
Great loyal customers.
2. What’s the strangest/rarest piece of photographic equipment to land in the store?
A Konishi & Co Machine-Gun Camera from WWII. You will have to look it up its very rare and very cool looking.
3. Best place to grab a drink and relax in your hood?
Jamba Juice or Coffee Bean
4. If you were a Lomography camera, which would you be and why?
Defiantly a Diana. Classic style and loved by everyone.
5. Favorite film (type, brand, speed)? And why?
E-6 Fuji Provia 100
6. You’re on assignment to shoot the location of your choice, anywhere in the world – where would you pick?
I would love to go back to The Baths of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. One of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
7. If you could have any wild animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
I think it would be great to have a grizzly bear as a pet. You could hike through the back county and have a great body guard and tour guide.
8. What’s the weirdest question or request you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Do you sell cameras?
9. Favorite photographer of all time? Why?
Galen Rowell. He traveled the world and lived it, shot it, and displayed it for all of us to see.
10. Eric’s Advice of the Day:
Live it, shoot it and display it.
4019 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach CA 90807
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