Davyhulme Camera Club was established in 1969 and began to replace Hartford Camera Club. The club was formed by a group of enthusiastic photographers who had come together to share their photographic interests. In the early days the club met at The Morris Hall and, as now, arranged weekly meetings, social outings and activities in addition to events to demonstrate members’ photographic skills. A Slide Show was an annual event and there were links with other local community groups such as The Slide Show Club, The Tape Recording Club and Urmston Cine Club. Anyone remember those?
The Treasurer’s report in 1969 stated a bank balance of £43, considered a healthy sum at the time. The annual outing was to York and the trip for 25 members cost the princely sum of £26 and 5 shillings, including a tip to the coach driver of £1 and 5 shillings. We still have many club outings and have upgraded to an annual weekend away and many members recently enjoyed a weekend in Biggin, Derbyshire. Photographic battles with other clubs were a feature of the syllabus since the 1960s and one of the early battles was with the Photographic Club of Malta. Our 2019 Battle, to be held in November, is a 4 Way Battle with Sale Photographic Society, Manchester Amateur Photographic Society and Stockport Photographic Society.
Technology has advanced considerably, although many things go full circle and some members are now using film and plate cameras again in addition to the very latest technology in digital photography, including mobile phones. In the early years the club enjoyed regular mentions in the local print press and this has been replaced by the club website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our Annual Photography Show is a long established club event, which replaced the earlier Photoview event, and gives members of the public the chance to view the work of Davyhulme Camera Club members.
The club has evolved in many ways over the years yet maintains the same commitment to being a friendly, welcoming club. Our members are enthusiastic photographers who are always keen to share their knowledge and skills and we hope to continue for many years to come.
To see a selection of images from over the years click [HERE]