Barnsley photography exhibition brings 95 years of history into focus

The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley is hosting an exhibition that celebrates 95 years of the town’s Photographic Society.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 9:27 am
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 10:02 am
Milkman with cart (c 1930), taken by a Barnsley Photographic Society member. These pictures are not taken from the society's current exhibition at the Cooper Gallery

The exhibition, called 95, is on show until Saturday, February 22 at the gallery on Church Street.

An eclectic range of contemporary images on show highlight the versatility, skills and talent of the society’s many members.

Visitors will be treated to a whole host of subjects, themes and styles in the free show hosted in the Sadler Room of the gallery.

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Fairground barker (c1950), from Barnsley Photographic Society

The society is a member of the Yorkshire Photographic Union which is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Barnsley Photographic Society welcomes members of all abilities and ages and offers mentoring to improve photography skills, talks, competitions, social events, outings and workshops.

The society’s history dates back to its founding on May 21, 1924 in the Shambles Street photographic studio of Mr A Roberts.

The original subscription was five shillings per year, says the society’s website.

Stainborough Castle folly (1975), by a Barnsley Photographic Society member

The club meets at 8pm on Mondays between September and April at Emmanuel Methodist Church on Huddersfield Road, Barnsley.

These days, the group embrace new technology such as digital photography and digital imaging.

Lynn Dunning, group leader at Barnsley Museums, said: “The skill and expertise of the Barnsley Photography Society is outstanding and we are proud to host an exhibition that celebrates the work of their members over their 95-year history.

“It’s such an amazing institution that has been instrumental in capturing stunning shots of people and places in our beautiful borough that visitors are sure to enjoy.”

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