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June’s reading –

The minute you start saying something, ‘Ah, how beautiful! We must photograph it!’ you are already close to the view of the person who thinks that everything that is not photographed is lost, as if it had never existed, and that therefore, in order really to live, you must photograph as much as you can, and to photograph as much as you can you must either live in the most photographable way possible, or else consider photographable every moment of your life. The first course leads to stupidity; the second to madness.”

by Italo Calvino

Wednesday 6th June – 10×10

The next DCC meeting will be on Wednesday June 6th at 7pm at the Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane. Weather permitting, we suggest everyone heading out to take 10 shots in 10 minutes – for discussion around the act of making images, and potentially for showing the images at a future DCC…

Everyone is welcome as are all ideas!

AGM Update

The AGM generated lots of enthusiasm and ideas. We will spend the Summer consolidating these ideas whilst trying out new formats and venues. Please see the subsequent post about the next DCC meeting which will be on Wednesday June 6th at 7pm. Everyone is welcome as are all ideas!

AGM 3rd May 2018
Agenda Summary

1. Volunteers.

We discussed how to have a stress free experience volunteering with the DCC. The structure will be kept flat with people stepping in as needed to do the admin tasks. The responsibility of arranging meetings will lie with the regular members working together and we will try out some new formats to see how this can best be done.

2. Venues for meetings and exhibitions.

The Wash Bar was very welcoming and we all agreed it was a great place for an AGM or discussion type of meeting, however display space for work was limited so we will try another couple of venues which were suggested to see if they work better for the display of work.

3. Update Manifesto.

It was easier to agree what we were not. We are not a traditional camera club! We keep our options open so we can amend the manifesto as needed. We will meet, show physical work, discuss and debate but keep technical chat to the absolute minimum and make the reason/story behind the the work paramount.

4. Members.

Membership will be open to all and free. After the summer consolidation work and re-branding we will re-launch fully in September. In the meantime everyone is welcome to come along as usual while experiments with format and content take place. We welcome feedback on what members would like to do and see.

5. Format and content of meetings.

Several suggestions have been made.

-Having a topic over a few sessions with one meeting to discuss examples and texts, one to go out and make work collectively, one to critique what members have produced.
– Each member contributing one image (or text) on the theme for an initial topic debate before members work is viewed and discussed.
– Mixing the regular theme nights with exhibition visit/photobook reviews, critical reading discussion, long term project nights, archive visits, collection discussions, collaborative exhibitions/books, fun techniques to loosen up and inspire new work, site visits to make work…

We will try out a few of these new formats to see what people enjoy most.

We are setting up a Bank Of Ideas please leave a comment with what you would like to take part in? Comments are welcome on FB, Instagram and Twitter too.

AGM – 7pm May 3rd 2018

Please come along to the upstairs function room at the Wash Bar for 7 p.m. on Thursday, 3 May, for the next DCC meeting.

We will use this opportunity to discuss the future, now is the time to have your say. Let’s make this the forum for photography in Edinburgh it should be.

Venue – Wash Bar – 11-13 N Bank St (The Mound), Edinburgh EH1 2LP

NB It is the upstairs room at the Wash Bar, not the main bar. The stairs are to the left as one enters the bar.
The manager (Mike) says there is no fee as long as people do him the courtesy of buying a drink.
Provisional Agenda
  • Volunteers.
  • Venues for meetings and exhibitions.
  • Update Manifesto.
  • Members.
  • Format and content of meetings.
Please leave a comment with any items you would like to see on the agenda.


Meeting with Ben Harman about DCC and Stills

Ben Harman has offered to meet with DCC members to outline new initiatives which Stills will be undertaking in 2018.

The meeting is scheduled for the afternoon, or early evening, of Monday April 9th. The choice of time depends on the preference of DCC attendees.

The changes to engagement and exhibition policies  which Ben will be describing will be of interest to all Stills users. You may thus like to come to this meeting even if you no longer attend DCC sessions.

I’ll collect names for the Ben Harman meeting at the next DCC meeting on April 6th. If you are not going to be at the  DCC meeting, but would still like to go to the Ben Harman meeting,  please email me at

Future of the DCC

I had a meeting with Ben Harman, the Director of Stills yesterday. The meeting was at his request; although about a year ago, I had a similar meeting with him (at my request) to pitch the idea that Stills should resume a greater role in the running of the DCC. At that stage, he didn’t want to make any commitments until Stills knew the status of their Creative Scotland funding application.


Stills now know that they have got that core funding from Creative Scotland for the next three years. However, they face a large rates rise from Edinburgh Council, which leaves them with a deficit that they need to fill by increasing revenue generating activities.


In this circumstance they are no longer prepared to offer the DCC free use of the meeting area. As a commercial fee they would be looking at about £150 to cover each meeting.


Parallel to this they are launching a new course on ‘Reading Photography’ which sounds similar to a course which some members may remember David Grinly running about six or seven years ago. They want to run this new course on Thursday nights starting in May.


There are of, course possibilities, to change the venue for DCC. At this stage I must declare my personal position, which is that I don’t wish to lead any such initiative.


The club is at a low ebb now compared to its heyday.  The smaller meetings are enjoyable, but there is no denying that attendance is dwindling. My personal inclination is to call it a day, and make the April Meeting the last meeting for the DCC. There is nothing to stop anyone else picking up the format and making a fresh start at a new venue.


The next meeting will go ahead at Stills on Thursday April 5th.  We will retain the Neighbourhood theme, but start with a discussion of the future of the DCC. All attendees are welcome to put forward their views, or volunteer to take things forward.


I invited Ben Harman to attend the meeting, but he is unfortunately away on Easter holiday. He has offered to meet with club members in the week beginning April 9th. I will post the exact date when I have it.


John Sumpter


8 March 2018

March meeting – Cancelled

The March meeting is cancelled in view of the weather. Stills have postponed their earlier talk. We thought we should follow suit.

The theme ‘Neighbourhood’ will be carried forward to April.

March 1st Meeting

Stills have pointed out that they have a talk in the Gallery space upstairs between 6 pm and 7 pm.  Have a look at their website for details. If you arrive at Stills before 7 pm you will need to wait until the talk is over to gain access downstairs. Camera Club will go ahead as normal downstairs after the talk finishes.

So, choices are: to go the talk and then on to Camera Club, or time your arrival for after 7 pm.

March Meeting, Thursday 1st March, 7pm

The theme for the meeting is Neighbourhood. Well, everyone has got a neighbourhood haven’t they? What’s happening in yours? If the answer is nothing, you’ll need to find somewhere more interesting. Don’t take too many risks though; it’s only a photograph after all.

The meeting takes place downstairs at Stills. Bring a print of you photograph, or themed group of photographs, so that we can display them on the wall.

£3 donation to Stills on the night.

February Meeting. Thursday 1st February, 7 pm.

The next meeting of the DCC is on Thursday, February 1st, at Stills, 7 pm. £3 donation to Stills on the night.

The theme is Surrealism. There are a lot of surrealist things happening in the world. Surrealism might even be the new normal.  If you manage to get a photograph of a surrealist happening, fake or real, it doesn’t matter to us, bring it along to the next DCC meeting at Stills.  Photographs should be in the form of prints.

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