One of the oldest functioning camera clubs in the U.S., the Camera Club of New York has lost its lease as of June 2007 and is actively trying to raise funds to pay for its move and to continue its programs. One of its fundraisers is a silent auction, which will be held Monday, November 20 from 7-9 pm at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, 511 W 25th St, Suite 506, New York City. To preview the current items in the auction (many more will be added in the coming weeks), go to: http://www.cameraclubny.org/auction.html . For more information and bids, call 1-212-260-9927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . I believe they are also still taking donations for the auction.
Founded in 1888 to promote the photographic arts, the CCNY has a rich and prestigious history. From 1897 to 1901, Alfred Stieglitz served as vice president, overseeing the exhibitions and publication programs. The club journal "Camera Notes", conceived and published by Stieglitz, was a precursor to his seminal magazine, "Camera Work". In addition, a number of great names from the history of photography were members, including Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Joseph Ruzicka and Gertrude Kasebier--an early female member, at a time when most clubs only admitted men.
The auction will feature vintage prints by Joseph Ruzicka (he left his work and negatives to the club), and work by many others, such as Jock Sturges, Bruce Cratesly, Mitch Epstein, Susan Wides, Stanley Greenberg, Sid Kaplan, Graciela Iturbide and Mary Ellen Mark.
The club will also be auctioning prints by younger emerging artists, including those from its new Darkroom Residency Program, which started last January.
In addition to the darkroom residency, the club's primary mission is to provide photographic workspaces--darkrooms, studios, and print finishing areas. CCNY also offers classes and workshops, a lecture series at the New York School of Visual Arts and an annual juried exhibition.