How We Got Started
The Kingston Photographic Society was formed in 1967 by a small group of photographers who wanted to get together to share ideas and discuss their mutual interest in photography. The club met in the City Park Building on Bagot Street for many years. A newsletter was produced to give members information on upcoming meetings. In January 1975, Dorothy Benson started writing a second page that she called Camera Capers. Her idea was to incorporate such things as “News and Views”, “Helpful Hints”, and activities of our members.
In September of 1975, the club began holding the meetings at 370 King Street West. September 1976 saw more changes to the club. The new constitution had been written and the name changed to “The Kingston Photographic Club”. Meetings were moved to the campus of Queen’s University, except for a short period of time when we met at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum.
In 1973, the club joined the National Association for Photographic Art, now called the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA). The Club has participated in CAPA competitions; hosted Camera Canada College in 1982 and 1994; and held seminars with noted Canadian Photographers such as Freeman Patterson, Richard Martin (now an honorary member of the KPC), Courtney Milne, Terence Dickinson and Bill Reynolds.