Job Warehouse, the end of an era.

Another of Melbourne’s icons Job Warehouse at the top of Bourke Street ┬áhas finally closed the door after about 60 years of trading at the same address. Started by Jacob Zeimer (1913-2005) and run after his death by David Zeimer it has been the supplier of all kinds of fabrics to dress designers, film and theatrical productions and photographers. It was our constant source of fabrics to drape around figures or as backdrops in the studio. Also it was our only source of thick black velvet for backdrops and light proof curtains and I remember what I had to go through getting the fabric out of Mr. Zeimer. You had to explain what it was for and how you would use it and he would evaluate if it would do the job. I am sure he would not sell it to me if it was not suitable. Entering the Job Warehouse cave was an adventure, very dim lighting and bolts of fabric up to the ceiling and very narrow passages through them, like having to work your way around a maze. It is sad to se it go.

The camera was a Fuji X-Pro1 with the new 14mm lens. Equivalent to 21mm in full frame cameras. I had hoped to take it to Myanmar (Burma) with me on a recent trip, but it arrived two days after we left so these are the first pictures I have taken with it.

Not a lot of building maintenance done in those 60 odd years.

Locked doors, the end of an era.

About Roger

Roger Gould, Australian international sports and advertising photographer has worked on assignment for some of the worlds leading magazines. he emerged from photographing record covers of rock and roll musicians to start one of Australia's first specialist sport press agencies, photographing tennis, cricket, golf, football as well as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Roger is a past President of the International Tennis Photographer's Association and has conducted photography seminars for Kodak in many countries. He currently works in aerial and advertising photography.
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