My dedication to photography began in the late 1970s when I began working as a labor photojournalist at the Distributive Worker, the newspaper of District 65, UAW. I was handed a camera and a 50mm lens by the editor and instructed to write articles and document the struggles of the members of the union, their shops and communities. With the help of some photographer friends I began to learn how to use this new tool. I entered a whole new world!
Photography became a medium to express my dedication to the struggle for social and economic justice. New doors were opened to me. I wrote articles and made photos for Claridad the newspaper of the Puerto Rican Nation. I also worked for the Communication Workers of America newspaper in New Jersey – the State Worker.
No matter where I worked, the camera became my tool to tell the stories I saw and lived whether it was in the peace movement, the anti-apartheid struggle in the US and abroad, the workers fight for better working and living conditions and many other causes.
My vision has always been to promote the struggle for social and economic justice for workers, women, youth and all people of color through my images. I attempt to capture the majestic beauty of the environment to preserve it and combat those who would continue to destroy the future of our youth.
I am not just a documentarian of struggle, of the beauty and the fortitude of working people and people of color, but also a part of that struggle for equality and liberation. I work day to day to get better at my craft so that I can get better at telling this story.
The December 18 meeting featured an open-themed digital competition for WCCC members. Entries were submitted in the Nature and Pictorial categories, and the event was judged by Ray Guillette of the Stony Brook Camera Club. A complete list of winners is listed below:
Nature Category: Basic
Mantle display by Marjorie Joseph
The Whaling City Camera Club had a special outing to Blithewold Mansion and Gardens on November 26. We arrived before the mansion was open to the public, so we had the opportunity to set-up tripods to capture some of the wonderful Christmas displays. About twenty members participated in the event. Be sure to check-out our Meetup page to see all the posted photos, as well as to learn about future events.
WCCC Exhibit Opens: "Botanicals and the Bugs Who Love Them"
The Whaling City Camera Club opened a special exhibit, entitled "Botanicals and the Bugs Who love them", at the Westport Library on November 7. More than thirty prints from the club's members were on display. Dedee Shattuck, of Westport's Dedee Shattuck Gallery, acted as a judge for the competition, and selected the following winners:
2019 NECCC Fall Print Competition Held at New WCCC Home
The first print competition for the 2019-20 NECCC season was hosted by the Whaling City Camera Club on November 6, at our new North Dartmouth Library home. The interclub competition featured entries submitted from nineteen NECCC camera clubs, in open categories for Color or Black and White prints. In addition to the competition, Hunt's Photo set up a booth featuring a number of items at special discount prices for attendees.
Winners will be announced by NECCC later this month.
The first Whaling City Camera Club competition for the season was held on October 16, and it demonstrated the constantly improving skills of the club's membership. With the scheduled judge sidelined by a sudden illness, winners were selected by votes from all the members present at the competition. The winners for each category are listed below:
Basic Category: Black and White
Intermediate Category: Black and White
Basic Category: Color
Intermediate Category: Color