Recorded in 2007
The Northampton Camera Club was formed originally in 1957, when a group of us broke away from Abington Camera Club, to form an independent club unconnected with the Community Centre. After advertising in the Chronicle & Echo for interested photographers, we held a meeting in the Liberal Club, and drew up rules for the constitution of the new club. There are still three Founder Members with the club today, after 50 years: Frank Corby ARPS, APAGB - our first Chairman; Reg Brumhill ARPS, APAGB and myself, Bryan Douglas FRPS: the first Vice-Chairman.
In addition to the full club meetings, we have various small groups with specific interests. In the early days we even had a "Scooter Group" when members on their Vespas and Lambrettas would make photographic forays into the countryside.
On one occasion we built an enormous camera, about 8 feet high, complete with bellows, and mounted this on a lorry to take part in the Hospital Parade, as the Carnival Parade was known in those days.
In the 1960's when most of the club were doing colour slides, a small group of us formed "The Northampton Pictorial Photographers" so as to concentrate on monochrome exhibition work. We were extremely successful and, out of the ten photographers involved, we got six Associateships and two Fellowships of the Royal Photographic Society.
Fifty years later the club is still going strong and, after using many different venues over the intervening years, we now meet in the Hardingstone Village Hall. Our regular weekly meetings are designed to cater for all tastes in photography, from beginners to advanced workers, and cover colour, monochrome, and slide photography. We have selections of visiting speakers, practical nights and outside visits.
We run a separate "Monochrome Group" and an "Audio-Visual" section who have produced "Photo-vision" which we show to other organisations. In keeping with modern trends, we now have several workers doing "Digital Photography" and using their computers in a "Light Room" instead of the old traditional "Dark Room". We put on various exhibitions of our work, and there is a permanent display in the corridor of the General Hospital.
We are a very go-ahead club, with a varied Programme and I invite anyone interested in photography to join us on any Monday evening.
Making Big Prints
A challenging demonstration I gave on a club night in our first year.
Founding Committee, 1957
|1957 - F.W. Corby||1958 - B.J. Douglas||1959 - F.H. Clowes|
|1960 - K.F. Sharman||1961 - E.J. Lightwood||1962 - F.W. Corby|
|1963 - F.H. Clowes||1964 - K.F. Sharman||1965 - B.A. Hayes|
|1966 - D.A. Hamp||1967 - B.J. Spencer||1968 - Miss R.A. Edwards|
|1969 - J.G. Johnson||1970 - J.K. Smith ARPS||1971 - F.W. Corby ARPS|
|1972 - R.J. Smart||1973 - G.A. Heely||1974 - H.A. Adams|
|1975 - S.W. Poole & H.A. Adams||1976 - Mrs M. Sharman||1977 - J.G. Johnson|
|1978 - R.J. Smart||1979 - F.W. Corby ARPS||1980 - A.R. Brooking|
|1981 - C.A. Wilkinson||1982 - D.P. Willmott||1983 - Mrs C. Round|
|1984 - N. Brunning||1985 - R.W. Brumhill ARPS||1986 - A.R. Clarke|
|1987 - D. Willmott AFIAP||1988 - A. Kemp ARPS||1989 - J.G. Johnson APAGB|
|1990 - R.J. Ireland LRPS||1991 - Mrs J. Portas||1992 - M.W. Peters|
|1993 - B. Jolley LRPS||1994 - Mrs R. Rowlands||1995 - B.J. Douglas FRPS|
|1996 - P. Scotton & M.W. Peters||1997 - Mrs J. Portas||1998 - W.B. Buxton|
|1999 - G.N. Portas||2000 - B.J. Douglas FRPS||2001 - G.S. Groome FRPS|
|2002 - D.J. Knight LRPS||2003 - B.J. Douglas FRPS||2004 - Mrs M. Wray|
|2005 - Mrs A. Payne||2006 - K. Monk||2007 - S. Dormer|
|2008 - G.N. Portas||2009 - S. Dormer||2010 - C. Cook|
|2011 - P. Going||2012 - Ms. C. Wingate||2013 - James Ballantyne|
|2014 - S. Dormer||2015 - James Ballantyne||2016 - Sam Baxter|
|2017 - G. Whitson|