Exhibitions 2006

Preston Photographic Society: Celebrating the First 100 Years

Preston Photographic Society

12 Nov 2005 - 6 Feb 2006

This exhibition celebrated the centenary of the Preston Photographic Society, which was founded in 1905 as the Preston Camera Club. The exhibition included photographs by past and present members, including portraits and landscapes, from both private collections and the Harris Museum's photographic collection.

On show with the members' work was also the winner and runners-up of our children's photographic competition held during the summer.

The Preston Camera Club was founded on the 13th November 1905 by members of the Preston Scientific Society who met to form a society dedicated solely to photography. The Club attracted professional and amateur photographers who wanted to meet together to hold lectures, competitions and events to promote photography.

The club soon had permanent rooms in Stanley Chambers on Lancaster Road where it met for over half a century.

The club took part in regional and national competitions and became well known for its natural history and portrait photography. Many of its former members have achieved national acclaim including the natural history photographer Joseph Speed, who was the first to capture the flight of a bumble bee at 1/5000th of a second, the photo-journalist Noel Combes and art photographer Jack Nicholson.

The Preston Camera Club changed its name in 1960 to the Preston Photographic Society and today is the longest surviving photographic society in Preston.

Preston has a rich photographic past with a huge number of local people becoming interested in photography in its early years. The Harris has a long history of collaborating with the society and several former members have donated their collections to the museum's photographic collection.

This exhibition showed some of the best work produced by photographers from the Preston Photographic Society over the last century and was of great interest to photographers of all ages from beginners to professionals.On show with the members' work was also be the winner and runners-up of the children's photographic competition held during the summer.
The project was supported by the Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All Scheme and Jessops Photographic Limited.


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