The 2017 Harry Holder Memorial Lecture will be given by Dave Mason from Canterbury entitled “I Shoot People” this coming Thursday 26th October. There is more about Dave Mason to follow, meantime what about the late, great Harry Holder?
Harry was one of the band of members that, in 1947, re-formed the Durham City Camera Club, which had been founded in 1892, as Durham Photographic Society after the break due to WW2. He was a member thereafter continuously until his death in 2008. Along the way, he was President in 1955-56 and again in 1991-92 and became an Hon. Vice President (later known as Hon. Life Members) in 1978
He was an impressive and influential figure, kind and good humoured, with a lifelong love of photography. In 2006 he endowed the annual Harry Holder Lecture specifically to bring top photographers and genres not often seen at clubs at that time. This became the Harry Holder Memorial Lecture after his death and has been a keynote feature of the Society’s annual programme ever since
DPS Website Watch:
A listing of Presidents 1947 to date (in Officers of the Society on the History page) is here
The fascinating story by Joe Grabham EFIAP/s of the Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening 1957 including picture of Harry Holder receiving a trophy from Miss Daisy Edis, of the photographic studio now in Beamish Museum, (in Historical Articles & Reports on the History page) is here
A review by John Clarke ARPS (“… it will go down as one of the best of all time”) of the never to be forgotten 2010 Harry Holder Memorial Lecture given by Dennis Thorp (in Links from the Past 2010 from the History page) is here
Pictured: Harry Holder with renowned documentary photographer Dean Chapman who gave the Harry Holder Lecture May 2007