History of Salisbury Camera Club

Salisbury Camera Club, as we know it today, was probably first set up in 1936; although there appear to have been two earlier Salisbury Camera Clubs in existence as far back as 1904 and even 1895!  So the foundations of a photography club for amateur photographers in the city and surrounding areas has been well and truly at the heart of Salisbury life over the years and still plays a central role today.

Initially, with only a few members, lectures were given on the art and practice of photography and good advice given by well-known photographers of the day.  Now we have a full programme covering all aspects of photography and advice on equipment to use.  Over a period of time digital photography has become the accepted method of acquiring photographs though we never forget the expertise of analogue days and the dark room before the light room on our computers.

Historically the Club is forward looking and embraces new technology including online groups, such as those on Flickr, that allow members to contribute from wherever they are and gain feed back from fellow members.  This is a great way to find out another opinion!

As an amateur photography club we became part of the Southern Federation reaping benefits of being part of a larger group of photographer at competition level.

With its magnificent Cathedral, Water Meadows and surrounding countryside it is no wonder that Salisbury has attracted so many photographers over the years.  There are so many photographic opportunities on our doorstep and we hope you will share in this experience as part of the history of our Club

For more on the Club History read the article below or click these links:

Archive Newspaper Cuttings

Archive Events

Archive Club Members

Archive of W. A. Chaplin

Archive of Some AGMs

Mary Luckham Background

Really old photos

Sanger Trophy 1961

The winning portrait in 1961 was made by H M Wood. The subject of his photo was Sidney Finch.  Sidney Finch died on April 10 at the age of 95.

We reproduce a copy of this print by kind permission of Sidney's daughter Japheth Fredericks. Japheth has also given us two links to contemporary newspapers.

The label on the back shows that it won your Sanger Trophy for the photographer Mr Wood in 1961.

Please find attached     1)  Copy of the photo (SUBJECT:  Sidney Finch)

                                      2)  Copy of the label on the back of the framed photo

                                      3)  Copy of an article from a Southern Electricity magazine 1963

I would think that the photograph would have be taken at the Old Art School in New Street.  Dad attended the art school where he undertook Pottery, Sculpture and art and posed for the still life classes.

Dad lived a good healthy life to the age of 95 years and for your interest for some details of Dad and his artwork here are a couple of newspaper links:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/features/obituaries/10398493.Sidney_Finch/

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/10376388.Tributes_to_Clay_Play_man_Sid_Finch/

Thanks for your time/interest, I am sure Dad would pleased for your members to see this, should the copy not be good enough please let me know, I can take a better copy, or bring the photo to show you/or at a meeting one day if of any interest.

Best Regards

Japheth Fredericks 4th Nov 2013

The Photographs

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from the SALISBURY JOURNAL
26th November 1904
SALISBURY CAMERA CLUB.

The Salisbury Camera Club, which was formed last summer, inaugurated its winter session with a lecture and demonstration at the School of Art on Tuesday evening. There was a good attendance of members, and invitations to friends having been dispensed with a free hand the room was crowded with an interested audience.
Mr. L. D. Saunders, the president for the year, occupied the chair, and extended a hearty welcome to Mr. W.D. Welford, F.R.P.S., who he said was so well known to amateur photographers, and who had kindly promised to give them a lecture entitled "Rising to the occasion."  The lecturer devoted the first portion of his remarks to some sound advice on the subject of pictorial photography. 

PICTORIAL IDEAL

He urged his audience to strive after this ideal, and pointed that out that whilst the technical worker was content with a slavish adherence to a process, the photographer who set pictorial art before him as his goal need have no scruples as to the means by which he achieved his purpose. The successful pictorial worker must have no set ideas. Very often a negative which was unpleasantly sharp in every detail did not produce such a good print as one which was slightly out of focus, according to the impression which the artist wished to convey. Mr. Welford's observations on the subject of "faking," which is almost universally adopted by the most successful class of pictorial workers, were entirely to the point. He contended that any means which would improve the artistic merit of the finished print was legitimate, and gave a practical illustration of a very simple method by which a picture might be improved pictorially, adding, with a touch of humour, that all his prize prints had been "faked" by some such method.

THE EASY CARBON PROCESS

The lecturer then entered into a detailed explanation of the carbon process, dealing with the pigments placed upon the market by the Autotype Company, which he represented. Only those who have done carbon work are able to appreciate the simplicity and permanence of the process, and the intensely beautiful results which it is possible to obtain with this mixture of gelatine and pigment, but the prints made by the Autotype Company and developed by Mr. Welford, demonstrated to those who have not yet taken up this branch of the work the small amount of skill which is required to produce a a really satisfactory picture, given a good negative to work upon. In addition to developing several prints and explaining the single and double transfer system. Mr. Welford showed some beautiful examples of carbon work in a variety of colours produced by the Autotype Company, and exhibited a nice lot of lantern slides, in which "Home Portraiture" was a very strong feature. At the conclusion of a most interesting and instructive lecture Mr. Welford was heartily thanked by Mr. Saunders on behalf of the members of the club.