Funds raised for Limerick photographer after gear is stolen

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

Funds raised for Limerick photographer after gear is stolen

Limerick-born photographer Brian Cross

AN ONLINE crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help renowned Limerick-born photographer, Brian Cross, after his equipment — worth more than $25,000 — was recently stolen in America.

As of this Monday, more than 130 individuals and groups had contributed upwards of $10,000, with some donations coming from Limerick. The goal of the crowdfunding endeavour has now been met as a result.

On February 26, Mr Cross’ — also known as B+ — car was stolen in Los Angeles. It contained two Hasselblad cameras, two Nikon DSLRs with prime lenses and a Canon Mark 3 and a “large haul of accessories”.

A Kino Flo light, worth $25,000, was also stolen.

The photographer has written to those who have contributed, saying that the incident has “basically devastated” his ability to work.

“As most of you know, if I work commercially I’ll be able to rent gear, but also, as most of you know, most of what I do is not with any commercial purpose.

“I was against doing this in the beginning, I felt there was still a chance for the equipment to be returned, that this kind of thing was for folks that were in life or death situations, that I’m realistically not very good at asking for help, but now I understand the wisdom of small campaign.”

Mr Cross left Limerick to the United States in 1990, after studying at the National College of Art and Design, in Dublin in 1989.

He has since become a prominent figure in hip-hop photography in the US.

The Rubberbandits tweeted last week in support of the photographer and artist’s campaign.