Photographic Historical Society of New England
Photographic Historical Society of New England
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Read the COVID-19 message to PHSNE community from Joel Moses, PHSNE President, at President's Message. If you are not on our email distribution list, you can stay in touch as PHSNE responds to the COVID-19 pandemic by joining the snap shots and/or Photographica lists at PHSNE emails.

PHSNE public events and all warehouse activities are suspended until further notice.

A collaboration between Historic Newton, Newton Community Pride, and The City of Newton, has established the Newton Community Cameras project to record the impact of COVID-19 on Newton. You are encouraged to submit a still photo, taken in Newton, with a description of its significance, to this contest by June 30. All photos submitted will be archived at Historic Newton for future generations to view and learn about life here during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the submissions, 20 will be selected to be part of a public exhibition at the City Hall Galleries sometime in the future. You can find information at

Alan Kattelle's collecton display case and some 16mm projectors are looking for a good home. See Display Case for details.

The June issue of snap shots is now available online at June snap shots online.

The Photographic Historical Society of New England (PHSNE):1

• Promotes an interest in, and a knowledge of, our photographic history and heritage, including the invention and advancement of apparatus and processes, and the related literature; and

• Promotes friendship among those interested in the collection and history of photography and provides an atmosphere within which those persons can share their knowledge and benefit from the knowledge of others.

The Society, founded April 8, 1973, has continued to operate under these aims and goals, using trade shows, publications, monthly presentations, outreach to the photographic educational community, and the Web to preserve and promote the history of photography.

Contact info is at the bottom of this page.

Stay in Touch

If you are not on our email distribution list, you can stay in touch by joining the Photographica and/or snap shots newsletter 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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If you are a member and came to the site to renew your PHSNE membership, please go to Renew. Former members who wish to reestablish their membership should simply Renew.

snap shots

snap shots page one

For recent snap shots issues click on the month: June, May, April.

Snap shots is published 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 snap shots questions, comments, submissions and open access to issues since 2005 online go to snap shots.

The Journal

2019 Journal cover

PHSNE's The Journal is printed annually and distributed to eligible members. It is also available for purchase on-line in printed and electronic form. For detailed 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

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, school outreach pickups, physical mail, phone messages, and checks to PHSNE are suspended. Emails are being processed.

47 Calvary St
Waltham MA 02453


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This website is the standby site. A contract has been let for a new site design to come in 2020.

1. Adapted from the 1977 Membership Directory founding history.

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