A New Age of Analog at New York’s Most Historic Camera Club
The Camera Club of New York (CCNY), may not be the first, or the only community-based photography organization in the country, but it does boast an illustrious roster of past members that easily tops other like-minded photo clubs in the U.S.
Formed in New York City in 1888 as an offshoot of the Society of Amateur Photographers, CCNY has fostered a photo community propelled by early members Alfred Steiglitz, Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, as well as a group of early pioneers who helped turn a group of fledgeling hobbyists into a legendary photography organization.
With facilities that grew to include both color and black-and-white darkrooms, gallery space, shooting studios and digital workstations, CCNY has adpated to the multiple technological shifts that have both rocked and revitalized the medium over the years. But the increasing cost of darkroom supplies and the astronomical rent the non-profit pays for its space in Midtown Manhattan has forced the organization to shut down its darkrooms.