The Lowestoft & District Photographic Society was established in the year 1900. A handwritten invitation card exists, dated February 12th 1900 and this club was in existence until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.
A grant of over £4,000 was received from the Arts Council and a supporting grant from the local authority, Waveney District Council. A selection of the resulting 2500 negatives were printed and displayed in the Lowestoft Central Library during October 1998 and now form part of the Suffolk Archive, an historical record available to future historians.
The Lowestoft Photographic Society was established after the Second World War, in 1952, and one of its founder members was Sidney Reynolds, who was President of the Lowestoft Photographic Club until he passed away in 2001. Many of the original members from the 1950's, such as Spencer Burt, Ernest Graystone - each of whom were members of the club for over 35 years - Bob Moore and David Crawford are also sadly no longer with us, but all are fondly remembered by the Club's current members.
Throughout the 1950's, the Lowestoft Photographic Society built up a strong and loyal membership and prided itself on the friendly, helpful meetings and the way in which all members were encouraged to be actively involved in the running of the Society. This has continued to the present day, with members always willing to share their photographic knowledge with others.
In 1964, the Lowestoft Photographic Society split into two clubs - the original Photographic Society and the Lowestoft Camera Club. However, The Lowestoft Photographic Society continued to increase its membership and maintained a full programme of events and social gatherings.
By the 1990's, changing work patterns, the impact of new technology and the steadily rising costs of promoting and maintaining a high quality programme of weekly meetings, meant it was becoming increasingly difficult to recruit new members, especially young people. To increase awareness amongst the younger generation, The Lowestoft Photographic Society entered a float in the 1993 Lowestoft Carnival.
In 1997, the Lowestoft Photographic Society successfully put forward a very detailed and proposal for a photographic project entitled 'Lowestoft Towards The Millennium', which resulted in a grant of over £4,000 from the Arts Council and a supporting grant from the local authority, Waveney District Council.
A selection of the resulting 2500 negatives were printed and displayed in the Lowestoft Central Library during October 1998 and now form part of the Suffolk Archive, an historical record available to future historians.
Following the success of the Millennium Project, talks began between the Lowestoft Photographic Society and the Lowestoft Camera Club about a possible merger. In May 1999, after much careful discussion, it was agreed that a full merger between the two clubs would take effect from May 2000. The new club was to be called The Lowestoft Photographic Club; stronger, with a larger membership, and the ability to support a high quality programme of events. David Standley (LPS) and Sidney Reynolds (LCC) were the joint Presidents of the new club.
Picture from 1955/56
The person with the fishing rod is unknown.
The man in the hat is Robert (Bob) Moore next turning to face the camera is Royal Flackman next is Sidney Reynolds.
then David Hannant next is Leslie Hogg the man far right is unknown.
The young boy is Geoffrey Moore aged 10, Bob Moore's son. (We would like to thank Geoffery for donating the photograph and the information).
We believe the photograph was taken by Ernest Greystone.