Looking at Contemporary Photography

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Rod Fry with the chairman, Edward
Tonight we welcomed Rod Fry from Paignton as their guest speaker. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, and Deputy Chair of the RPS Contemporary Group.
With humour, and an obvious deep knowledge of the subject, he gave members a brief history of photography, emphasising the difference between realism and pictorialism, and showed examples of the work of many pioneering photographers from the past. Explaining how the Contemporary Group came into being in 1989 he showed members images by those photographers who helped to form it.
He said that it meant photography that conveys ideas, stimulates thought and encourages interpretation; photographs "about" rather than "of". It was photography which is often quite different to what is usually seen in Camera Clubs. He emphasised projects which were of social issues, and said that many contemporary photographers were now using the medium of photobooks to show their work.
After the break, Rod showed the audience examples of his own work, which was project-based. His subjects ranged from montages and forts in the Channel Islands, to Brunel, Isolation and the River Exe. These were often made into books.
Following some searching questions from members, he left everyone with plenty to discuss in the future. He was thanked by Club Chairman Edward Chorlton.