Then

There has been a Photographic Society in Gravesend since 1901, but the present Club was formed in 1932. The inaugural meeting of the Gravesend Photographic Society was held in January 1932.

Beginners as well as experts were welcomed and all classes of photography were undertaken. The annual subscription for that season was 5/-. The onset of the war interrupted the regular meetings of the Society, and it wasn't until 1944 that meetings reconvened. The Committee approved a 100% increase in subs to 10/- a year and also recommended that "at least two ladies were to serve on the Committee".

It was around this time that the Society took on its present form and started its programme in September. Portrait evenings were held at Marshalls' Photographic Studio in Windmill Street, and an enlarger was made available for members' use. Around 1950 the Society became Gravesend Camera Club - a less formal and more friendly title. Also around this time the Kent County Photographic Society was formed, of which the Club quickly became a member (and remains so today). The Club membership remained small during the 1960's, with only 9 members attending the AGM in 1965. In 1969 there was a marked increase in membership (and the Club's bank balance!).

A social committee was set up in the early 1970's to arrange outings and other events. In 1974 the Club became affiliated to the Gravesham Arts Council and during the mid-1970's membership rose to around 40. During the 1978 season the Club won the Handley Shield in the external KCPA competition against some 40 other clubs. What would the founder members make of today's Club scene? Digital photography is now firmly established as alongside the traditional methods, and the equipment now available is mind-blowing. However, the aims of the Club are the same of nearly 70 years ago - "mutual help".

Now

We currently have a membership of just over 50 members with a wide range of interests and experience. We cater for all levels of photographer from the absolute beginner to the dedicated enthusiast and we are sure that if you come along to one of our club nights you'll enjoy what we have to offer.
Throughout the year we invite a number of guest speakers from all over Kent and sometimes further afield who are willing to share their photographic experiences with us.


Our season runs from September through to June with our annual exhibition usually being held in July. During the summer break we have informal meetings. We hope you find the rest of our site informative and that you will be inspired by the photographs that are on display, enough perhaps to come along on a club night and one of our committee members will be pleased to show you round.

Competitions are held in both print and projected digital image classes in various subjects, and entry into these is purely voluntary. These give you a chance to have your work evaluated by an appointed outside judge, to see the work of other members and to receive constructive advice. The Club also competes in a number of external competitions and battles, which allows us to view the standards and ideas of other clubs.

And there’s more........ it’s not all serious stuff! We have some fun nights as well, quiz nights, treasure hunts, social events and regular outings, especially in the closed season between June and September. We also have “informal” meetings during the summer months.

Subscription fees are £44 a year (payable in full or in two instalments of £22.00), with concessions for full time students. As a potential member, you may attend three meetings before actually taking the plunge and signing up for the whole year. You don’t have to pay until you decide to join. Visitors who are non-members are always welcome to attend any meeting in the Club calendar, subject to a £2 fee payable on the door.

Our aim is to make you welcome and to help you enjoy your photography, whatever your ability. We hope we can welcome you to the Club soon.