Carl Geisler. Photo taken by Valerie Chaucer-Levine.
Founded in 1982 by a small group of photographers, the Princeton Photography Club’s
main goal has been to promote artistic excellence, while also helping members gain
expertise in photographic techniques.
The Princeton Photography Club continues to attract enthusiastic and talented artists;
we now have nearly 300 members, some of whom are just beginning their camera
explorations, while others are professionals honing their skills.
We delight in our ongoing relationship with the D&R Greenway Land Trust, where most
of our meetings and workshops are held. Ten general meetings each year (September
through June) are open to the public. During the past few years, eminent speakers have
included Amy Arbus, Larry Fink, Emmet Gowen, Seward Johnson, Stephen Perloff,
Mary Louise Pierson, Jeff Rotman, Ernestine Ruben, and George Tice.
More than 65 workshops throughout the year, led by experts and members with particular
knowledge, extend the skills and sensibilities of our members in the areas of introductory
and advanced camera techniques, color management and composition, image editing,
documentary photography, matting and framing, and more.
Emphasizing the creative, Ilya Genin, one of the club’s imaginative photographers,
offers a monthly session called “The $5 Critique: U Get What U Pay 4.” For those new
to photographic critique workshops, he combines his fine eye for composition as well as
technical expertise to convey what makes a photograph interesting and exciting.
Ricardo Barros gives two sequential courses in creativity, each encompassing six sessions
in which he explores what makes a creative photograph. Level one is open to everyone;
level two has an entrance exam. Each level has a waiting list as word of mouth has spread
accolades and class size is limited.
Also focusing on creativity and exciting our membership, Rick Wright brings his talents
to our workshops, this year he adding “Night Shoots.” New to us this past season
was Ron Tarver, a 2012 Gold Medal Pulitzer Prize winner, who shared his skills and
For the past few years, the D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Princeton Photography
Club have sponsored a juried exhibit of high school students’ photography. The 2013
theme, Plantscapes, will highlight the significance of the natural environment and
demonstrate photography’s significant role in awareness and preservation of the natural
We offer several opportunities throughout the year for our members to share their work
and visions. “Show and Tell: The Best of the Summer” opens our season with a slide
presentation of work by all members. Each year the Princeton Photography Club presents
an open show at a local gallery where all members are encouraged to display one of their
favorite recent photos. A juried exhibit, sometimes with a particular theme, encourages
members to extend their skills. This spring, “You Can Bank: On the Beauty of Nature”
will be on exhibit at the Bank of Princeton in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Last spring, as part of the Princeton Historical Society’s effort to encourage visual and
performing artists to use the Farmstead to inspire reflection, creativity, and imagination,
Princeton Photography Club members displayed images for “A Morning at Updike
This past holiday season, many members volunteered with Help-Portrait, a community
of photographers coming together across the world to use their time, equipment, and
photographic skills to give a family something they may never have had before—a
portrait, at absolutely no cost to the family.
We encourage members to enter local and regional art contests at venues such as Grounds
for Sculpture, Perkins Center for the Arts, Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, the
Noyes Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Several of our members
have been honored with “Best in Show,” “Best Portfolio,” “Juried Award,” and purchase
Members have had individual and group shows at, among others, the Dalet Gallery,
Gallery 14, the Silva Gallery at the Pennington School, The Gallery at Chapin, Café 44,
and area arts centers, libraries, and hospitals. Several members have been award-winners
and had photos published in B&W Magazine.
Socializing at general meetings and at workshops, the Princeton Photography
Club members form friendships, sometimes leading to group travels to interesting
photographic locations, including Cuba, Turkey, and the Baltics.
For more about our members’ achievements and to see examples of their photography,
please read Members News, posted on our website, princetonphotoclub.org.
It has been my privilege to be president of the club for the past six years. What a delight
to have seen the club grow and the quality of images soar!
Carl H. Geisler
President, Princeton Photography Club
Link to the Officers List
Link to the membership form
Contact email: President Carl Geisler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Place of meetings: The D & R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, One
Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ.
Map and directions
Log-in on Facebook, and go to this link to get to our Facebook group. You have to send a request
to a group moderator to get accepted to the group.
Link to the Photobook of Princeton Photography Club Members 2011. You can preview and order this book.
Edition 2011 by Paul Douglas.
Links to the Photobook of Princeton Photography Club Members on blurb.com. You can preview and order this book.
Edition 2010 by Paul Douglas.
Edition 2009 edited by Peter Roome.
Link to the Photobook of Princeton Photography Club Members 2008. Edited by Peter Roome.