Tom Carmichael, Rex Thompson and Bertie McKnight, all keen amateur photographers, met together in late 1955 with the idea of forming a Camera Club in Donaghadee. The first meeting took place on 1st December 1955, in the studio attached to Bertie McKnight’s pharmacy, which had tiered seating, a large screen and room for a darkroom.
The club grew rapidly, catering for both still and cine photography on alternate Fridays and right through to the 1980s the membership remained at a steady 70 plus. In 1980, Bertie McKnight retired, and, as no suitable premises could be found in Donaghadee, the club moved to a room in the Clandeboye estate. With the demise of cine during the eighties, the membership was virtually halved, emphasis being now almost entirely on still photography, although the club had and still has members who are expert in audiovisual and video.
In 2001 the Clandeboye estate decided to create a function venue and the club once again had to search for new premises. Our membership by that time was largely from the Holywood, Cultra, Seahill, Helen's Bay and Bangor West catchment area so when a meeting room at Carnalea Methodist Church became available to the club there was no hesitation in moving there.
We are continually on the look out for new members so please feel free to come along to our meetings, listed on the Programme page, or contact us through the Contact page. You will be made very welcome, irrespective of how much or how little you know about photography.
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