2013 marks the 125th
anniversary of the Wolverhampton Photographic Society.
To celebrate the occasion there is to be a 3 month exhibition
Wolverhampton Art Gallery between 16th November 2013 and 15th February 2014.
This exhibition traces the rich and
influential history of photography in Wolverhampton from the mid-19th century to the present
The exhibition features six key local figures of influence in the
medium’s development, including the ‘father of art photography’ Oscar J Rejlander, and others such
as Haseler, Whitlock, Bennett-Clark, Eisenhofer and Susser. This historical component is complemented by a display of contemporary photographs
demonstrating the expertise of Society members in capturing the constantly changing face of the
The members of Wolverhampton Photographic Society are very active in
submitting work both for themselves and for the Club to numerous National and International
exhibitions and much of that work is displayed in the contemporary sequence of
images. The club has qualified three times in the past
four years for the National Finals of the Photographic Alliance of Great
Britain. The range of subject matter covers Landscape,
Portrait, Creative, Natural History and Sport amongst others and we hope that our display will
encourage others to go out and take pictures.
There will be a display of our members’ other contemporary
work in a shop in The Mander Centre (ground floor, St john's Arcade, the old British Red Cross
shop) that will run alongside the main exhibition at The Art Gallery.
The Archival Group of the society have selected some of Oscar
Rejlanders photographs from the Royal Photographic Society’s collection to be exhibited at the Art
Gallery. Victorian cameras dating from the 1850s and early 19th century will be on
Also members’ early work from the 1920s onwards,
with cameras and accessories of the period are on show.
Selected photographers working in Wolverhampton during the
19th and 20th century will also be included with new information on their careers and
The society organised a stone to be placed on the grave of
Oscar Rejlander at Kensal Green cemetery in London.
Officers of the Royal Photographic Society will be in
attendance for the opening of the 125th celebrations on the 15th November where they will be
presenting us with a certificate to mark this occasion.
Members of the society have created a new updated version
of one of Rejlander’s most well known pieces, Two Ways of Life. This will be unveiled at the
exhibition opening on the 15th November.