Tallaght Photographic Society
South Dublin Arts Centre
tel:- 00353 14517431
web address:- www.TallaghtPhotographicSociety.com
e-mail:- Tallaght Photographic Society
Affliated to Irish Photographic Federation
Club Meets: 7.30-9.30 p.m. Every Tuesday from September til May
Yearly "4 of the Best"
Exhibitions Yes Annual
Outings and Social events
2-3 Times a year National
Once a Year international
Over the Summer, every week in place of club meeting
Club history In 1974, Tallaght was a small satellite town outside Dublin City with a wonderful community of about 5000 local people. It eventually grew to become one of Irelands largest towns with a population of over 70000. But back in the seventies, a small group of men with a keen interest in photography got together and decided to form a club, thus the Tallaght Photographic Society was founded.
The man who started it all was Sean Burke, still a stalwart of the club and a man who can talk for hours on any subject. Sean had been teaching a beginner's course in photography at the local school, and after a time was approached with the idea of forming a photography club. It was Seans hard work and drive that over the years established Tallaght as one of the top clubs in Ireland, with a great tradition in photography. Sean himself is a keen nature photographer with a special interest in Butterflies. A great experimenter in photography, he was one of the first people in the area to make cibachrome prints from slides. He also dabbled in the art of putting prints onto dinner plates no less.
During those early years, the club met in a local school hall, and as more people heard about it, the membership started to grow. Then in the early eighties, the club got its own premises and later added a full studio and darkroom. Over the years the club was to win some major titles in Ireland and came to be well respected as a very good monochrome print club. Some Club members went on to become full time professionals and have credited the club as giving them the opportunity to develop their talent and skills. Of the photographers who turned professional, Vincent OByrne went on to win international honours for his work. He is one of only 13 European Photographers to have achieved the status of Master QEP, Qualified European Photographer. Podge Kelly has also won international honours and hosted the television show Digital Photography. Michael Finn has won numerous awards including three Kodak Awards and numerous gold, silver and bronze awards from the Irish Professional Photographers Association.
The club has been very successful in national events and has won national awards in the Irish Photographic Federation events. With over 30 active members at present, we organise workshops and seminars on all aspects of photography and weekend outings to places of interest around Ireland.
Over the last few years there has been a huge upsurge in Digital Photography and almost everyone has a digital camera of some sort. Many members of Tallaght have gone happily down the digital road and are we versed in the workings of Photoshop and other image editing software packages. However, others feel it is regrettable that many new photographers will never experience the pleasure of working in the darkroom producing monochrome prints in the traditional way. Like most clubs, Tallaght has gone the way of the digital world which can now produce excellent prints in both colour and monochrome with the modern range of printers and inks. Digital photography has opened up new opportunities for people to be more creative and rediscover a sense of play.
Over the years, Tallaght Photographic Society has been involved in many competitions and exhibitions in an effort to promote photography in the local area. To this end, we have held exhibitions in public libraries and local council buildings. Our first International Exhibition was held in 1980. This exhibition proved to be a huge success and has gone from strength to strength each year.
If you share the same passion for photography come and join us for an evening to find out more.
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