Nobody can take pictures like yours!

It’s true! Your pictures are a product of your experience, your personality. Loosen up!

Being in a club brings you into contact with a wide range of people and you look at photographs in their company and hear them talk about what makes a picture special. Don’t worry too much about technicalities – of course they can matter (a great deal in some types of work) but they don’t make the picture: you do.

You can visit events and places to get pictures, or just carry your camera and snap everyday things. Great pictures can be made almost everywhere. Join us and see how. Get more from your photography.

Our picture of the week is by Bob Brown and I just love the expression and the attitude. We are not a long way off our most important print competition and this one of Bob’s I would like to include, but can you see just one thing which would improve it?

Our new season is with us now  and you are welcome to join us at the Lifestyle Centre on Thursday 28 September at 7.30pm, you can come to three meetings before we ask you to decide about joining. you can see what is on the programme by clicking on the tab above.

TRY US:      Just come along to a meeting. You can come to three before deciding whether to join.

or WYPROBUJ NAS: Po prostu przyjdz na spotkanie. Mozesz przyjsc na trzy spotkania zanim zdecydujesz sie dolaczyc do Stowarzyszenia


Thursday  28 September 7:30 for 7:45pm

Competition: Projected Images – Judge: Bill Preston ARPS DPAGB BPE5

 Lifestyle Centre, Moss Sq., Crewe

Parking CW1 2DH

The postcode for the centre is CW1 2BB but may not work on your satnav, use CW1 2DH for the car park (Civic Centre)
You are welcome to join us at any meeting, meanwhile please explore the website by clicking the tabs above.
and visit our Flickr site, Facebook page 


A major inter-club competition hosted by Crewe PS
Blythe Bridge CC – Crewe PS – Holmes Chapel CC – Leek PC – Macclesfield CC
Thursday 12 October 7.30pm
Crewe Vagrants Sports Club – Newcastle Road – Willaston – Nantwich – CW5 7EP

 NEW ♦ 23/24 September – Wheels of War – Crewe Heritage Centre

NEW ♦ Mark Sheeky – Artslab – Redshift Radio – 2 pm 2 October – includes interview with our chairman, John Royle. Afterwards, listen here.

 NEW   ♦ See all your MAGNUM heroes in this excellent programme – Cinema through the Eye of Magnum  (until 17 October)

♦ Nantwich CC have their exhibition at the Nantwich Museum until 11 November

♦ New Photo Tour company launched –

♦ You can see the section winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year – HERE

♦ Tickets for the PAGB Print Championships October 29 – HERE

♦ International Landscape Photographer of the Year – Entries by 12 November

♦ Fujifilm – You all know about the XE3, 80mm macro etc but what about this – new Fuji software!

♦ Experiment with colouration – here

♦ Warrington Arts Fest – Exhibitions until 28 Oct at the Museum and Art Gallery

  ♦  Masters of Print PAGB Competition: Looking like an upgraded Great British Trophy this exciting new competition opens for entries soon: Rules 
There will be an exhibition of the selected prints at a prestigious venue and the competition should raise the profile of club photography.
All those who take pride in their printing should enter!

♦ Tips for photographing Eventing by Jeff Carter HERE

L&CPU BIG DAY and NOVICE CUP – 15 October, Tickets £15 incl. buffet lunch and refreshments available HERE after 31 July
Competition will be A4 colour and mono prints from 6 club members who do not hold distinctions (assumed to be BPE, FIAP, RPS or PSA) or qualifications. This is welcome in providing encouragement to newcomers but it will also reveal the wealth of talented members we have in our clubs whose work is of great quality and interest (even importance) but does not accord with the usual competition demands.

♦ Les Simpson has been investigating the mystery of the Victorian ‘Crewe Circle’. Read about Les’ research and other documents on the case here.  

On the FORUM

The Monthly Forum Theme for September is WATER Members can have a splashing time!
 NEW – A wonderful array of classic work can be found here.
Plenty of interesting discussion too – take a look.

On The Web
Mark Luscombe-Whyte – Collodian process prints –  See also our Forum entry
Niall McDiarmid

Niall’s engaging street portraits of people he meets on his travels round Britain are not just a social record. He brings great skill into composing these shots; colour harmony especially is astonishing. His personable approach to his subjects, who he does not know, is part of his secret, not just in getting their cooperation but in achieving just that right look. His work is bound for classic status. Website


 Here is a selection of photographs from our 2016 Season


 • “Be Careful What You Wish For” is a personal account of art photography since 1970 by Ian McNab.
Ian writes with authority and clarity and we expect the article to be of wide interest. 


• Shirley Baker’s work at the Manchester Art Gallery

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933 (Tate Liverpool until 15 October) presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) – two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.

August Sander first published his work as a book of sixty portraits called Face of our Time but it was just a  hint of the comprehensive collection that Sander was to compile. Running eventually to 7 volumes his portraits are a unique social record of their time in being so comprehensive. Many also display Sander’s extraordinary talent in portraiture, such as the stylish Secretary at Cologne Radio seen here.


For our full listing, see EVENTS 





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