Photographic Historical Society of New England
Photographic Historical Society of New England
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Founded in 1973, the Society seeks to preserve and promote the heritage of photography, as well as the use of classic cameras and processes, through publications, monthly presentations, trade shows, outreach to the photographic educational community, and the Web.

Contact info is at the bottom of this page.

Henry Weisenburger, PHSNE Charter & Honorary Life Member, passed away on March 16, 2021. He was widely known in the photo history and NE amateur photographic community. Henry served as PHSNE President for over 5 years,1 Vice President for 5 years,2 Board Member, and was a perennial exhibitor at PHSNE Photographica shows. He had also served as President and Vice President of the Boston Camera Club. He will be missed by all who knew him. Click for an obituary.

April issue of snap shots is available online at snap shots.

May Online Meeting: Nicole Hudgins Discusses Her New Book, The Gender of Photography. Using photo journals, cartoons, art criticism, novels, and Victorian career guides, The Gender of Photography shows why and how early photographic institutions insisted on masculine values and authority, and how women engaged with photography despite that dominant trend. Hudgins is an associate professor of history and art history at the University of Baltimore. Her first book, Hold Still, Madame: Wartime Gender and the Photography of Women in France during the Great War, is an open-access volume in the collection of St. Andrews University's Centre for French History and Culture. See details in the May snap shots when published.

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (EST), via Zoom.

This meeting is open to PHSNE members and supporters on our email lists. Capacity is limited and entry is first-come, first-served. A Zoom meeting invitation and a reminder will be emailed before the meeting. Help to defray the cost of these meetings by making a $5 donation to PHSNE.

Read the COVID-19 message to PHSNE community from Joel Moses, PHSNE President, at President's Message.

Stay in Touch

If you are not on our email distribution list, you can stay in touch by joining the snap shots newsletter and Photographica email lists at PHSNE emails. Our bulk emails are serviced by Constant Contact. Every email to these lists includes a Constant Contact SafeUnsubscribe® link at the bottom of the email so that you can remove yourself from the list at any time.


PHSNE group photo 30th anniversary by N Gordon & L Bruce

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snap shots

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Snap shots is published, printed and mailed to members monthly September through June presenting information about the next PHSNE meeting and other articles of interest to members and the photo history community.

For the most recent snap shots issue click on the front page thumbnail to the right. You can receive an electronic copy of snap shots monthly as it is published by signing up at PHSNE emails.

For snap shots questions, comments, submissions and online open access to issues since 2005 go to the snap shots archive.

The Journal

2020 Journal cover

PHSNE's The Journal is printed annually and distributed to eligible members. Some issues are available for purchase on-line in printed and electronic form. For info on the 2019 Journal, general Journal info, questions, comments, submissions and purchasing printed or electronic copies go to The Journal.

School Outreach

Student photographer

PHSNE's School Outreach Program helps support public and, private schools, colleges, art institutes and summer camp photography instructors and their students. Especially as expressed by traditional (analog) photography and related darkroom practices. PHSNE does this by providing, for free, donated 35mm SLR film cameras and enlargers to programs in need of these items. See Outreach for more details and contact information.

Photographica & Auction

Photographica 79, about 1/2 the floor. Click for larger version. Photo by Joe Walters.

PHSNE sponsors the popular Photographica Show and sale in the Boston area in the spring. The Photographica Show offers members and the public an opportunity to browse and buy images, antique and usable cameras, equipment and ephemera. Some attend the Photographica Show to sell photographic items to dealer-members from throughout the world. See Photographica for more details and contacts info.

PHSNE holds two auctions each year. The largest is held at the spring Photographica Show. A second, typically smaller, auction is held as a monthly meeting, usually in late fall or early winter. Both auctions are open to the public for bidding and for consignment on a space available basis. See Auction for more details and contacts info.

Contacting PHSNE

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home advisories, PHSNE activities at 47 Calvary St including processing physical donations, consignments, and school outreach pickups are by appointment only. Processing of physical mail, checks and phone messages may be delayed. Emails are being processed normally.

47 Calvary St
Waltham MA 02453



This website is a standby site while a new site is being developed. This standby site was created by, and is maintained by, the Membership Chair to provide online processing of new memberships and renewals as well as basic information for the membership and public. For issues specific to this standby website, please email

A contract has been let for a new site design to come in 2021.

1. Henry was President for the 1978, 1989,1990, 1994, 1995, and 1996 terms of office. PHSNE used a 1 year election cycle and term prior to 1998. In the 1994 term, Henry was elected by board to finish the term of Arnold Green who passed away, thus Henry served over 5 years as President.
2. Henry was Vice President for the 1976, 1977, 1988, and 2006-2007 terms. Henry's last term as Vice President was a 2 year term as PHSNE switched to a 2 year term of office at the 1998-1999 term.

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