Today, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Long Thanh, Vietnam's most famous photographer.  His website:  Hundreds of images are on his site plus a bio.

Long Thanh says:

Black and white photography in 21st century is considered such a meticulous and respectful art. As we all know, traditional black and white darkroom is almost a lost art these days. However, great appeal of real photographic black and white prints is undeniable. Today, few photographers continue to master both the art of taking nice photographs, developing the films and the craft of printing their work manually.

People prefer and highly appreciate the effect of black and white photographs – “the minimised distraction, the emphasis on light, the simplicity of the images and the focus on line and form”. To produce a hand-made black and white photograph, the artist should take that photo by a manual camera with reel film. Then he brings it home for film developing, drying it out, printing by hand in his dark room. To say more, black and white papers are imported from UK with high expenses. Also, it takes much more time, effort, passion, talent as well as the wealth to order the black and white films and produce a perfect picture. Compared to the modern digital photographs these days, real hand-made black and white ones always reflect all every lines and details truthfully.

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Comment by Avril Kirby on January 10, 2016 at 8:28pm

Lucky you, impressive photos.

Comment by Curt Firestone on January 9, 2016 at 11:51pm

Susan Huber knows of Long Thanh's work.  D

Susan is our February presenter.  B&W forever.

Comment by timothy gibbon on January 9, 2016 at 8:56pm

I am refreshed.

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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