About Us 2017 - 2018 Looking Back and Forwards
We are a group of keen photographers whose intention is to maintain and improve the art of photography within the Dewsbury area. A few individuals have been members of the group for a good number of years and have witnessed the evolution of photography, from film based photography to the current, more user- friendly, digital photography.
Our history began in 1901 at which time we were named "Dewsbury and District Amateur Photographic Society" with an original membership of 45, mainly business and professional people. Over the years the Society has held its meetings at various venues including Dewsbury Minster and latterly in the Mayor's Reception Room in Dewsbury Town Hall.
The Society's fortunes have varied throughout the years, but it has staged an exhibition of its members' work every year from it's foundation, to the present day.
In 2012, our membership had fallen somewhat and members decided the time was right to update and modernise the club's image. Following a general meeting of members, it was decide to change our name to the "Dewsbury Photographic Group" and to work towards increasing member numbers by staging various exhibitions in order to publicise the Groups activities.
This strategy has proved quite successful and the Group now has a very healthy level of membership. To further maintain and enhance the Group's work, the Committee intend to continue to publicise our activities by staging exhibitions of members' work at a variety of venues, together with the provision of publicity handouts, giving details of our meeting times and location.
The Group are members of the Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). Our season runs from September to May and we meet every Monday evening (Bank Holidays excepted) at 7-00pm to 9-30pm in the Mayors Reception Room, second floor, Dewsbury Town Hall.
Our programme is quite varied and includes, for example, talks by visiting speakers (on all types of photographic subjects), member-run tuition nights, and competition judging nights. In addition we hold "hands-on" portrait nights at which members can practice their camera skills on our visiting models and receive ant advice they require in respect of techniques etc.
The Group holds regular competitions in which all members are encouraged to participate, regardless of skill level. In doing so, members are able to improve their images, having them individually appraised by an independent Judge.
The Group holds a number of practical nights during which members can once again improve their own camera skills on a number of techniques. They will also be able to receive individual advice from more experienced members, all with view to improving the way we take photographs and produce images which we can be proud.
The Group arranges addition trips and visits during the summer months for its members and have visited various venues, including Iron Bridge, Bempton Cliffs and the Liverpool Dock area in recent years.
The Group ended last season ( 2017 - 2018 ) with a 40 strong membership, A number of the members fall into the " Entry Level " section and " Intermediate Level " section
The committee has also benefitted from our beginners and around 30% of committee strength will (10 members strong) come from that section this new season.
The cost of joining the group remains the same with a subscription fee of only £20 for the year with a charge of £2 paid on the door at every session attended which includes refreshments. First time members are welcome to come and have a look at us with no charges for their first two meetings. All members are provided with a pocket sized programme and a group handbook which covers in fine detail all things important to group life. The programme and sections of the handbook can be found on the menu at the left of this page.
You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures and we encourage anyone to record that once in a lifetime event by the medium of photography. So, if you have friends who may be interested in photography, then why not invite them to come and join us for a coupe of weeks. They can see at first hand how we function as a Group and we'll even treat them to a cup of tea and a biscuit!
To would be photographers we would invite you to come on down to one of our Monday meetings at Dewsbury Town Hall, you will be made very welcome and we'll show it. Alternately why not take the first step by using the CONTACT US LINK at the bottom of the page.
Or check out our link page which shows where the town hall is situated in Dewsbury.
The group was asked to make a photographic record of a number of shop fronts in Dewsbury town centre which is part of the Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative.
The last phase is an ongoing record of the refurbishment of Pioneer House, which is been converted into the new Dewsbury College, three of our members that are competent with architectural photography are already recording the improvements which should be completed in late 2018.
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