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Darkroomers Photographic Club

Darkroomers Photographic Club is one of the oldest camera clubs in San Diego. The club was formed in 1941 but our legacy dates back to 1927.  A splinter group of The Camera Enthusiasts, the Club is now part of the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs where it shares the Photographic Arts Building with other ameteur photography clubs in Balboa Park to help bring the art of photography to the city of San Diego.

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Darkroomers specializes on printed photographic works and, while our roots are wet darkroom based printing, we are a modern club whose members exhibit their work from digital cameras, digital darkrooms and digital printers. We still welcome and have members who print the old fashioned way, though.

Meetings are held on the First,Gallery Hanging Third and Fifth Wednesday of each month.

First Wednesday meetings are Program nights. Program content changes monthly and varies from renown photographers talking about their craft to presentations or workshops which discuss technique.

Third Wednesday meetings are exhibition nights where members bring their printed work to be critiqued by an industry professional, renowned artist, accomplished  photographer or photographic educator.

Fifth Wednesday meetings are “Gallery night”. Gallery night happens only a few times a year and is a social event for members and includes a small program or competition.

Once per quarter we have a competition where we invite members of the community to vote on image submissions. The quarterly competitions are themed so all of the images in the competition have a common theme. Members and guests in attendance enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, and a cocktail party atmosphere and vote on images.

We also have a workshop on the Second Saturdays of even months and a photo-walk on a Saturday in the odd months.  We host 500px and Kelby photowalks each fall for the general public as an opportunity to come shoot with us.

We also have a yearly competition in January where members submit images to be scored by a panel of judges and win awards and mentions for their work.

Visitors are always welcome to visit our meetings but only members can submit images for critique, take part in workshops (except those open to the public) or attend a photowalk (unless you are a guest of a member).  We encourage you to come join us.