Bookham Camera Club’s 70th anniversary exhibition at The Leatherhead Theatre
PUBLISHED: 21:23 08 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 09 April 2016
Andrew Carter LRPS
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Bookham Camera Club will be holding a major exhibition at The Leatherhead Theatre this month.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2016
The club’s first meeting was held in Bookham Congregational Church Hall on April 5, 1946, when 11 photographers gathered together to start up a new local camera club.
Ever since, the group has organised a busy programme of external speakers, educational sessions, popular exhibitions, photographic trips and internal competitions where members have the chance to have their images critiqued by trained judges.
“The first judge set the tone for the high standard that is achieved to this day,” says club chairman Roger Mendham. “He was none other than Percy Harris, FRPS, who was at one time a respected editor of the journal Amateur Photographer.”
Today, Bookham Camera Club is a successful and enterprising club of some 70 photographers who all share the ambition of ‘taking a better photograph’.
“The club has that elusive ‘fun’ factor, where everyone, from relative beginners to highly¬experienced photographers, gains real enjoyment from all of our activities as we learn together and develop our skills in this era of rapidly¬changing technology,” adds Roger.
The anniversary exhibition includes around 100 framed prints, together with a rolling display of digital images that showcases the talents of this dynamic group.
• Bookham Camera Club 70th Anniversary Exhibition, The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN, Monday April 4 to Thursday April 28. Tel: 01372 365141. Web: theleatherheadtheatre.org. For more on the group, see bookhamcc.org.uk