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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939

Photographic Club

Photographic Club

During the last few years the activity of the Photographic Society has brought it more and more into the cycle of College life. Though it is not one of the largest clubs of the College, none is more active, and as a society of members who are conscientiously striving to produce original works of artistic value, the Club holds an important place in student affairs.

The most convincing evidence of the Society's energy is the exhibition of some 120 selected photographs, all produced by past and present members, while a snapshot competition for beginners, a "scavenger hunt" to test entrants' ingenuity, and the annual "Spike" competition, have also been organised. Fortnightly meetings, taking various forms, such as instructional talks, print criticisms lantern-slide evenings, and the screening of movies have dealt with many aspects of the photographer's art. One of the highlights of the year's programme the visit to Mr. Perry's studio. He went to great trouble to make a profitable and interesting evening for the party, and treated the Club most generously.

A portfolio of prints has been circulating regularly among members for criticism and appreciation; the portfolio gives everyone the opportunity of improving his work by giving and receiving mutual advice and criticism. With increased responsibilities and higher ambitions, better facilities for work have been necessary and in this connec tion the Society is deeply indebted to the Principal whose support and co-operation have enabled the Club to make considerable improvements and additions to its equipment. The Club now has a studio with lighting facilities, and a small library adjoining the darkroom, while negotiations for the purchase of a new enlarger have been under way. The Society is pleased to be able to take this opportunity of thanking all those outside the College who have graciously given up time to make this such a successful year for V.U.C. photographers.