“2017 is proving to be quite the year for milestone anniversaries — 375 for Montreal, 150 for Canada, 125 for the Welcome Hall Mission, 100 for Vimy, 50 for Expo 67 and Québec cegeps — and now another name to add to the list,” says Diana Bruno, 125th MCC anniversary organizing committee member. “The Montreal Camera Club, Canada’s second oldest camera club, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017.”
To celebrate, the MCC is hosting an exhibition showcasing the works of 50 current members, at the McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria Avenue, from June 20 to 22 and June 26 to 29. A vernissage open to all will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are from 12 to 6 p.m.
The exhibition includes a historical section with archival prints by MCC members from the 1890s to 1950s, as well as a portrait of the club’s first president, David Pearce Penhallow, 1893-1895, Professor of Botany at McGill University.
Prominent Montrealers who were members in the club’s early days include Frank Robert Redpath and William McFarlane Notman. The work of Blossom Caron, Raymond Caron and Yseult Mounsey can be found in the McCord Museum collection, and the National Gallery houses work by Alexander Henderson and George Nakash.
The MCC was incorporated in 1892 and has a long history as an institution in the Montréal Anglophone community and has always included many Francophone members. The club has been meeting in Westmount since 1985, has over 150 members and meets once a week from September to May. It attracts photographers from all walks of life who come together to share their common interest in photography. It is one of 35 camera clubs in Quebec and belongs to the Société de promotion de la photographie du Québec.
For more information about the club www.montrealcameraclub.com