Club Night News: 21st April

Andy Martin: “The Silver Sunbeam: Wet Collodion Photography in the 21st Century”

Your NewsBlogger’s forecast was right! Andy Martin’s story of his journey into the world of Wet Collodian photography (invented some 40 years before this club was formed in 1892) and the restoration of a derelict Wass plate camera into a functional object of great beauty, captivated from start to finish. The resulting studio portraits taken over five years in particular were outstanding, and who can forget the sight of legs sticking out of his ingenious portable darkroom?

To relive the experience and learn more about the wonderful world of Andy Martin, visit his websites:

The Silver Sunbeam project here

This is Sunderland project here

Online Portfolio Site for Andy Martin here

And more about the wet collodian tintype portraits of Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians created in a makeshift studio and darkroom at The Sage Gateshead and now on permanent display there as 40” prints is here


Assignment Beamish was on Saturday 9th April and was a great day out. Beamish is on a roll! link

The follow up print review night is next Tuesday 26th April, 7.00 pm at the Dunelm Club and the next Assignments outing, the 50th, will be announced. Meantime send your 8 PDI sized images for the Assignment Beamish gallery to David Forster latest by the 26th

Digital Nights

The next Digital Night 4th May will be at Alan Clarke’s studio but spaces are limited. Then back to County Hall for 8th June. Enquiries to organiser Brian Blake

Coming soon: the all new DPS Memorial Summer School of practical photography and processing on Thursday nights through August.

Annual Exhibition

The DPS Annual Exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral for the month of August will be a major showcase of our collective talent that will be viewed by thousands from all over the world. Put your name down on the notice board to be sure of a place as space is limited. The print box is already out on club nights.

Our permanent exhibition (prints changed quarterly) at Dryburn Hospital (UHND) on the first floor near ENT continues. Other exhibitions in the pipeline include Durham Town Hall and Locomotion, Shildon NYM

The Great Crystal Balls Challenge

The balls (there are two) are still being juggled between members. All members can take a turn for a week at a time. There will be an evening of looking at the pictures 8th December. It’s not a competition but could be competitive! … to find out what it is all about see NewsBlog 2016 here we come!

Member’s Galleries 2016

Currently has 51 galleries new this year including a section on themes or projects. All members can take part. Viewing numbers are at record levels. How to enter is on the Members Galleries 2016 page itself which is here

Lakes Weekend – October

Enjoy the Jeff Teasdale Experience – 2 nights, 3 days photography, 21st to 23rd October staying at the Blencathra Centre. Jeff can tell you more and book you a place. Highly recommended

Durham World Heritage Site competition

Postcard design photographic competition is now open for entries. Rules and Entry forms are available from Hon. Life Member Janet Thackray or the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre link

Club Night 5th May

Due to St Oswald’s Hall being a polling station, our Thursday night meeting will be in County Hall with an earlier start time of 7 pm for PAGB GB Cup 2015. It’s also closing date for 2nd Progress Print entries

This Weekend

Plenty of cracking events to choose from – see previous NewsBlog. These and many more summer events are listed on the Hot Dates page here

Next Week

It’s Results Night, Trio Print Competitions (the subjects are Landscapes, Portraits and, new this year, Architecture) with Judging by Dave Best from Hexham.

Plus: you can bring in your Annual Exhibition prints and shop at the DPS Emporium. If you have one, be sure to return your Crystal Ball so others can take a turn

Pictured: Andy Martin’s wet collodian tintype portrait of Charles Eagles, WW2 veteran and founder of Charles Eagles camera stores, and part of the Royal Northern Sinfonia portraits exhibition at The Sage Gateshead

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