Our History

Seattle Photographic Society was founded on October 18, 1933, in room 603 of the Seattle YMCA Building. It is one of the oldest continuously active photo clubs in the United States. Throughout its long history, SPS has been dedicated to the advancement of photography as both an art, and as a science. Its long-stated goals have been to assist members in attaining a greater enjoyment from their hobby, to acquire a more technical knowledge of their art, and to encourage a free and unselfish exchange of ideas. 

In the first regular meeting, held on November 7th, 1933, the first president, Nolan C. Richey, announced that the future plans of the Society would include "special programs, lectures by capable speakers, print competitions and special meetings.” The rest of the meeting was filled with discussions about prints and photographic Christmas cards made by the members. The next few meetings included a show and tell for photographic equipment brought by members, a presentation on landscape and nature photography in the mountains of Puget Sound, and a visit to a local portrait photographer's studio, with an opportunity for members to try out the studio setup.


Our Volunteers

A board composed of four Officers and up to ten Directors and Coordinators govern SPS. Officers and Directors are elected by the membership for a staggered two-year term. Coordinators are appointed as needed by the Board to fulfill ongoing functions, and are not subject to term limits. The President and Vice President are elected in odd numbered years. The Treasurer and Secretary are elected in even numbered years. Election are held on the 1st Tuesday in June. Newly elected Officers and Directors take office on July 1st.

All SPS members are welcome to attend board meetings, but only Board members may vote.

Members at Large -

  • Greg Bartell (2023)

Representative to the Northwest Council of Camera Clubs - Jerry Dunbar 

Contact us:  info@seattlephotographic.com


Dates to Remember

Competition year - May 1 - April 30

Final acceptance date for End of Year Competitions - 3rd Tuesday in May

Annual Meeting / Election of Officers and Board Members - 1st Tuesday in June

Annual Awards & Appreciation Banquet - 4th Tuesday in June

Holiday Potluck Dinner - 3rd Tuesday in December



Newsletters - Past Issues of the Cable Release Newsletter

Distinguished Service Award




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