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Philadelphia Photo League Pages

About Us...


"Chalk Games", by Arthur Leipzig - Prospect Place, Brooklyn, 1950
In 1936 a group of young, idealistic photographers, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League. Their solidarity centered on a belief in the expressive power of the documentary photograph and on a progressive alliance of ideas and what photography could become.

A unique complex of school, darkroom, gallery, and salon, the League was also a place where you learned about yourself. One of its leading members was Sid Grossman who pushed students to discover not only the meaning of their work but also their relationship to it. This transformative approach was one of the League’s most innovative and influential contributions to the medium.

Sixty years ago, the Photo League fell victim to Cold War witch-hunts and blacklists, closing its doors after 15 intense years of trailblazing – and sometimes hell-raising – documentary photography. From unabashedly leftist roots, the group influenced a generation of photographers who transformed the documentary tradition, elevating it to heady aesthetic heights.

We hope to continue, and advance, this legacy.

Open to enrollment for all photographers, professional and amateur alike, we will offer many of the original leagues benefits, such as...

  • Mentoring and Instructional Programs
  • Community Processing Facilities - both traditional analog and digital
  • Gallery Exhibitions
  • Critiquing Sessions
  • Lively Social Interaction and Debate
  • Organized Activities


We publish frequently on our BLOG, Photo Notes (that's a link, click on it to see), so have a look at all the valuable photographic information we provide.

Join us today, and help us to continue the work of, "Changing The World - One Picture At a Time"

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Membership Information and Donations March 10, 2016 7:57 PM Mike B.
Education January 3, 2014 6:08 PM former member
History of the original NYC Photo League July 29, 2012 4:13 PM Tony J.
About Philadelphia Photo League February 11, 2013 12:23 AM Tony J.

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