Photographic society puts Sheffield in the picture

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These evocative images are all the work of the Sheffield Photographic Society - which is putting the city in the frame once again for its annual exhibition.

The yearly show is happening at the cathedral from Monday, featuring more than 170 images showing off the variety and style of the society’s members.

The club is one of the oldest groups of its kind in the country, and last year marked its 150th anniversary.

Its 100 members include professionals and semi-professionals, as well as many enthusiastic amateurs, all of whom use lightweight digital cameras and modern editing techniques - a far cry from the methods the society’s first members would have used.

The group’s president Mike Smith believes the society was formed following the Great Sheffield Flood, when people with cameras at the time would have rushed out to capture pictures of the aftermath, and subsequently kept in contact.

“We’re a large but friendly club and welcome guests as well as new members,” said Mike.

Currently the society’s members range in age from photographers in their 20s up to those in their 80s.

As well as its weekly meetings at St Peter’s Church Hall in Greenhill, the group has outings and regular exhibitions.

Its programme includes guest lectures, presentations and a monthly online competition.

“We have recently started a series of critique group evenings to share ideas and experience,” Mike added.

“We like to try new ideas to ensure we can share experience among all our membership.”

The exhibition runs from midday on Monday to 2.30pm next Sunday, April 26.

Members will be on hand during lunchtime each day, from midday to 2pm, and all day on Saturday and Sunday, to answer queries and speak to visitors. Admission is free.

n Visit www.sheffield-photographer.org.uk for more information.