Watford Camera Club dates back to 1903 and has a rich history. Wouldn’t it be great if we could see members images from that era? Unfortunately we can’t go back that far but we can go back to the 1940s.
A few years ago, former member John Lawton ARPS undertook a project to produce an archive of work and spent 18 months doing it. It’s a fantastic document, full of members images and information going back all those years.
It’s a PDF file of over 500 pages and a large download, too much to place directly on the web site. However, if you would like to immerse yourself in all that history, and look at hundreds of Watford Camera Clubs images from yesteryear simply click on the image on the right
Our warmest thanks to John Lawton for all his hard work .
Bert Hardy at Watford Camera Club 1989
Bert Hardy came to Watford Camera Club on November 3rd 1989 to give a talk. Much more can be found out about this war photographer on this Wikipedia Page.
The text in the newspaper clipping may too small for some to read, so here it is reproduced.
ALL EYES were focussed on photo-journalist Bert Hardy when he met members of Watford Camera Club on Friday.
Bert, 76 visited the club to talk about his amazing experiences as a war correspondent and advertising photographer.
His large audience’ at Watford Library had a most enjoyable evening. Best known for his work with the Picture Post, which included coverage of the Vietnam War. He is also famous for his “You’re never a lone with a Strand” cigarette advertisement.
Bert is pictured with camera club president Graham Willis and member Don North as they discuss the veteran press photographer’s work. Some of Bert’s experiences are recounted in his book My Life, seen in the picture.
And pictured below is Bert, again with his book in this fine monochrome image.