History of the club

It all started back in 1952, times were hard after the Second Word War and money was tight. A small group of  photographers got together with the idea of creating a club that was both friendly and informative. Such was the success of their initial aims that the club ‘ s membership went from strength to strength. Not only the membership grew, but the club’s reputation as the finest in the North West and possibly nationally for its print and slide work.

In 1991 we incorporated the Liverpool Amateur Photographic Association into the Society. They were founded in 1853 and are part of photographic history –   in 2013 we celebrated their 160th anniversary.   In 201 7 the South Liverpool Photographic Society marked  its 65th anniversary.

In 2000, the Society was very proud to make links with Shanghai, and as a consequence, a major exhibition of photographs from the Society members and photographers in Shanghai was staged in  St Georges Hall Liverpool, and then in Shanghai.

Many of our members enter competitions both nationally, and internationally with success. The high standard of photographic work is reflected by the calibre of it s members, and we are both proud and privileged to have members of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), as well as other members with Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) distinctions.

In 2012 we played a pivotal part in a BBC TV documentary  “Britain’s First Photo Album” with John Sergeant presenting the programme.  An account of our episode is published in the book “Britain’s First Photo Album”.

SLPS is mainly digital but we do still have members who produce stunning work on film. New members join regularly and find us to be an exceedingly friendly club with great camaraderie and a willingness to help others in this wonderful  hobby of ours.

The highlight of our year is the Annual Exhibition of Photography during the summer and currently held in the wonderful Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, previously having been held in prestigious locations such as Liverpool’s Liver Buildings and the University of Liverpool.

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The Society  looks forward to communicating with members and friends wherever they may be.

Should you have any archival material or memories of SLPS we would be happy to receive these.