Welcome to the City of London & Cripplegate Photographic Society!
CoL&CPS was formed on the 17th January 1899 at the Cripplegate Institute in East London, making us one of the oldest Societies in the country. The Institute closed in 1973, but we very much live on, meeting throughout the year on the first and third Tuesday of every month close to the Barbican Centre. For those who can't attend, we still offer the opportunity to "Zoom in", and non-members are very welcome to attend as a guest.
Our programme is very varied, reflecting the wide-ranging interests of the membership. We arrange photowalks, 'show and tell' sessions and technical evenings, and regularly invite speakers to share their love of photography across a range of disciplines. We hold fewer competitions than many clubs and societies - one print and DPI competition a year with four rounds. In October 2022 we held our most recent biennial exhibition which always takes place in the Barbican Library - a great opportunity for our members to show their work. You can read more about our programme on our blog about previous meetings.
We normally have one or two Society projects on the go: our recent "Storyteller" programme helped members create photo-essays with the support of external speakers, member workshops, buddy programmes, and an evening to review our work. Previously we ran a project photographing the City of London's fabulous Livery Halls, and we are currently working on a Society photobook. We have a reel film group for those who enjoy shooting with film.
Our aim is to help members on their photographic journey, irrespective of their starting point - encouraging everyone to improve their photographic knowledge and practice in a fun, supportive and welcoming environment.
You can see more of our members' work on our Instagram feed.
If you would like to know more, or are already thinking of joining us, read more here.
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