In January 1916 photographer and teacher Clarence H. White and some of his fellow
photographers including Karl Struss, Gertrude Kaesebier, and Edward Dickinson founded The
Pictorial Photographers of America. It was to be a national organization promoting "pictorial"
photography, the emphasis on artistic expression rather than documentary, commercial or
other realistic approaches.

Today PPA is in its 97th season and meets at 7 p.m. at 346 West 20th Street in Chelsea every
2nd and 4th Tuesday (not in December), except during the month of September.  October
marks the beginning of each new club season.

The 2nd Tuesday is devoted to competitions in print, slide and digital formats, both color and
black-and-white. The 4th Tuesday features educational presentations, most often by photo
professionals. Visitors are welcome.

Competition judges are professionals from New York’s diverse photographic community. Among
them have been Eddie Adams, John Loengard, Al Satterwhite, Nancy and David Brown,
Benedict J. Fernandez, Jill Enfield, Andrew French, Charles Traub, Pradeep Dalal, and Joyce
Culver, to name just a few.

In April 2006 PPA celebrated its 90th Anniversary with a month-long exhibit of members’ work at
the Westbeth Gallery.

The club publishes a monthly newsletter,
Light and Shade, featuring club activities, news of
exhibitions, competition scores, and other items of interest to members. People interested in
photography can join PPA throughout the year.

Contact us at:  or call 212-243-0273