Photographic Society of Philadelphia 150th Anniversary

Photographic Society of Philadelphia 150th Anniversary


Established in 1862 – The Photographic Society of Philadelphia Celebrates 150thAnniversary

The Photographic Society of Philadelphia, the oldest continuously active photographic society in the United States, marks its 150th anniversary with a major exhibition opening on November 4th, 2012 at The Plastic Club Galleries on the Avenue of the Artists in Center City Philadelphia.

The juried exhibition, which will be open Sundays November 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th from 1:00 – 5:00pm and Tuesday evening November 20th from 6:00 – 9:00pm, can be experienced at The Plastic Club, 247 Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Presenters will include many of the outstanding ninety-six members of PSoP – some who have shown their work in galleries throughout the US, Europe and Philadelphia.  The exhibition will be juried by a panel of three distinguished members of the photographic community – Kyle CassidyJJ Tiziou and Martin McNamara.

During this celebratory year, The Photographic Society of Philadelphia will draw attention to its longevity (the third oldest in the world – founded in 1862) and illustrious history.  Documentary, artistic and scientific works by many of its members have featured prominently in the history of American photography.  Changes in technology have moved forward dramatically and no longer dictate that photographers must grind their own lenses, or make their own cameras.  The digital era and instant have become the norm.

President of PSoPEileen Eckstein, noted that “The object of the Society, as stated in the constitution, was “to increase and diffuse knowledge of the natural laws which relate to the action of light, and particularly to promote improvements in the art of photography”. And, she added, rhetoric aside, the philosophy, developed one hundred and fifty years ago, is as fresh today”.

Since its inception, The Photographic Society of Philadelphia has been a haven for both amateur and professional photographers who come together for photographic outings, educational lectures and lively discussions on techniques, style and the art of photography.

The Photographic Society of Philadelphia is a not-for-profit and tax-exempt organization 501c3 on the Internal Revenue Code.  Open to all film and digital photographers, from enthusiasts to professionals, from all over the world.

President:  Ms. Eileen Eckstein

Vice President:  Mr. Morris Klein


Photographic Society of Philadelphia 150th Anniversary

Photographic Society of Philadelphia 150th Anniversary exhibition dates and times.


A brief look at the history of The Photographic Society of Philadelphia

Note from the Archives of The Library Company

Philadelphia, Nov. 27th, 1860

The Amateur Photographers of this city have long felt the want of opportunity for full and free interchange of views relative to their favorite pursuit. Under the conviction that we might readily form an association whose “re-unions” would be agreeable and beneficial, I have made bold to take the initiative step, and to ask the favor of your attendance at a preliminary (and unceremonious) meeting at my laboratory, on Tuesday evening, December 4th, at half-past seven o’clock.

Constant Guillou

Entrance on the west side of Swanwick Street (rear of 615 Walnut Street), the lamp post at the door.

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