The Philadelphia Photo League is a cooperative of amateur and professional photographers who have come together around a range of common social and creative causes. The League was founded in July 2012 by a group of Philadelphia area photographers / activists who are committed to social change through the use of documentary photography. Our core mission is to help civic organization drive change through the use of photography.

Our organization was inspired by the historic New York Photo League which was active from 1936 to 1951 and included among its members some of the most noted American Photographers of the mid-20th century.You can read more about this group here... New York Photo League

We pursue our mission by creating a unique environment, where all types of serious photographers, using all types of media, can gather together to share knowledge, ideas and inspiration - plus enjoy a sense of community, while fostering positive change in our world.

We publish frequently on our BLOG, Photo Notes, so click that link to see the wealth of information.

We are actively seeking members, especially those who are eager to become members of our Leadership Team, in order to actively contribute to it's growth and influence.

If you are a devotee of documentary or street photography, and committed to social causes, please consider joining today.

Please Note:  We are NOT a "camera club"

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    To Meander : following a winding course: a meandering lane. Proceeding in a convoluted or undirected fashion. Come on out this Saturday morning for the third "Meandering with Mike K" street photo walk. A bit earlier so we avoid the worst afternoon heat. And there are a lot of street trees on the route for shade. So don't be a summertime wimp... Learn more
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    Studio 301
    2551 Trenton Ave, Philadelphia, PA (map)
    If you are curious about large format film photography this is the workshop for you. Some of the most compelling Documentary Photography is still being created with large format cameras. It is a completely different artistic experience and has a particular aesthetic that many photographers feel is integral to their vision. DATE : August 8th... Learn more

    Hosted by: Mike B. (Benefactor 2015), david s. (Benefactor 2015), and Min Y. (Training Coordinator - Contributor 2015)

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    The Rocket Cat Café
    2001 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (map)
    This is a free event for all Contributor / Benefactor Members. Admission is $15 for everyone else, payable at the door. NOTE: It is OK to present your work electronically ...... website, iPad, etc is fine. Of course we have a "preference" for printed work and will encourage you to PRINT your best work ........ BUT come on out and show your... Learn more

    Hosted by: Mike B. (Benefactor 2015)

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    Aug 13, 2015 7:00 PM
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    Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month.  All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes. The monthly meeting is a great opportunity to catch up on PPL accomplishments and upcoming events ...... PLUS ...... Learn more

    Hosted by: Mike B. (Benefactor 2015), Sue (Online Community Manager - Contributor 2015), Celeste (Manager Project Initiation - Contributor 2014), and Min Y. (Training Coordinator - Contributor 2015)

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    Studio 301
    2551 Trenton Ave, Philadelphia, PA (map)
    If you are curious about medium format film photography you could ask the kid in the picture OR come to the PPL workshop for a complete introduction. The camera of choice for many professional photographers - MEDIUM FORMAT cameras offer tremendous flexibility, great image quality and a unique photographic perspective. Famous photographers... Learn more

    Hosted by: Mike B. (Benefactor 2015), david s. (Benefactor 2015), and Min Y. (Training Coordinator - Contributor 2015)

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