The Photographic Historical Society of New England (PHSNE) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit tax exempt educational organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of our photographic heritage. Founded in 1973 we promote the knowledge, appreciation and use of historic photographic processes and equipment with a variety of educational programs, Photographica shows and field trips.
PHSNE holds monthly meeting on the first Sunday of each month, except during July and August at the Woman’s Club Workshop (72 Columbus St, Newton Highlands, MA). Each meeting features a member show and tell, and a presentation by a knowledgeable collector, historian or photographer speaking on a particular phase of photography. Field trips and vintage (analog) camera shoots are scheduled periodically.
PHSNE is one of the largest of the forty regional photographic historical societies in the world. Members reside throughout the United States, Canada, and the world. Many members join to receive The New England Journal of Photographic History, published annually with informative articles written by internationally known writers on the history of photography, its many processes, vintage cameras and historic images. Our newsletter, Snapshots, published ten times a year, contains meeting notices, news items related to the history of photography and member announcements.
PHSNE sponsors the popular Photographica Show and Sale in the Boston area very April. The Photographica Show offers members and the public an opportunity to browse and buy images, antique and usable analog and antique cameras, vintage equipment’ useable darkroom equipment and ephemera. Some attend the Photographica Shows to sell photographic items to dealer-members throughout the world or to attend our auction of rare and hard to find useable and collectable photographic apparatus, analog cameras and images of all sorts. The Photographica Shows are so popular that dealer space is sold out months in advance of the show date.
PHSNE also sponsors an annual Members Auction, in conjunction with one of our meetings, giving members the chance to buy and sell collectable images,cameras, and usable analog photographic equipment. Members assist in preparing the items for sale and conducting the auctions.
We invite you join as an individual, family, or a representative of an institution. As an active member you will have the opportunity to interact with other members interested in all aspects of photography and its history. Click HERE to join.