Auction to benefit sick camera repairman

00:34, Nov 19 2012
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PHIL JACOBS: A well-known camera repairman who many working photographers will be familiar with.

The Wellington photographic community is rallying together to help one of its own icons who has taken ill.

A benefit auction has been planned for next Friday to help veteran camera repairman Phil Jacobs who is no longer able to work due to a brain tumour. Mr Jacobs had worked with photographers in Wellington for more than 30 years. 

Photospace Gallery owner James Gilberd said the thought of Mr Jacobs being in financial strife at such a difficult time was something he and other photographers hated.

Mr Gilberd has known Mr Jacobs since the mid-1980s and said he had never asked for anything for himself but was very giving and generous with his time. ‘‘He is very humbled and overwhelmed by the amount of support that is out there for him. When you are self-employed you have no income, it just stops and there’s nothing in place to help you out.’’

Mr Jacobs would not be well enough to attend the auction but his sister would be there to represent him. All artwork will be donated and all proceeds will go to Mr Jacobs and his family.

More donations of works would be welcomed this week though Mr Gilberd said the most important thing was to get as many people as possible to attend the auction and bid on the works.


The auction will be focussed on photographic prints and other collectibles. It will be held at Massey University from 6pm on November 30.

Viewing of the works prior to auction will be possible next week. 

More information is available here:

The Dominion Post