Before the age of smartphones, back when photography demanded darkrooms, chemicals and films, almost each top American city had a camera club. And, most members of the club were hobbyists who really wanted to know how to take beautiful snaps. But, the Lexington Camera Club was not the same.
It started its operation in the year 1936. The members of the club included lawyers, doctors, as well as businessmen and they were unusually more than serious when it came to developing their craft as well as exploring artistic expressions.
The club disbanded in the year 1972. But, till that time, they have produced 2 top figures in art photography as well as a whole lot of well known photographers. University of Kentucky’s retired special-collections curator of rare books James Birchfield would give a free lecture regarding this remarkable camera club on Sunday at 2 pm in President’s Room of UK’s Singletary Center for Arts.
Speaking about the club, Birchfield told that it was not a provincial outlook. It was a huge vision of the history of photography as well as what everyday photography was doing. This cluster of people appeared to bring forth an over-the-top flowering of fine photography.
Birchfield’s lecture is in alignment with an exhibit at Art Museum at University of Kentucky which includes prints from a stunning photography collection it has gathered since the 90s, thanks to one of the member of the camera club.