What we're about

Please note that Memberships to support the Photo League can be obtained at this PAYMENT PORTAL (http://philadelphiaphotoleague.tumblr.com/)

PPL Member = $25.00 per year

PPL Contributor = $50.00 per year ...... discounts and free programs throughout the year

PPL Benefactor = $100.00 per year ...... significant discounts, free programs

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 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 (http://photonotes.philadelphiaphotoleague.com), so click that link to see the wealth of information. You can also make a donation or become a CONTRIBUTOR or BENEFACTOR of the PPL.

MEMBER, CONTRIBUTOR and BENEFACTOR DETAILS are at this PAYMENT PORTAL (http://philadelphiaphotoleague.tumblr.com/) on our Photo Notes BLOG

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"

Upcoming events (5+)

Golden hour at John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

Let us explore the TInicum Marsh and the birds and other animals before it gets too hot. Birds are more active late in day so we will start at 5:30 and stay until the closing at sunset. Bring your long lens and binoculars. There are 10 miles of trails. The observation tower overlooks the whole marsh. There is a visitor center near the entrance. We will meet up there. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/wildlife_and_habitat/index.html $10 at the start. If using public transit, take Broad St line to Synder Ave and get the 37 bus Get off at 84th St and continue on Lindbergh Blvd for a block to the park entrance. Follow the road to the left and take the path to the visitor center.

Swedish Museum and FDR Park

1900 Pattison Ave

Something for everyone on this walk. Historical Museum divided into several themed rooms that each showcase an achievement of Swedish Americans. The Golden Map room and the New Sweden gallery are especially neat. https://www.americanswedish.org/ $10 admission fee. Then on to explore the park. There is a golf course and multiple lakes. We will take the loop road and get to FDR skate park under I95. Lots of graffiti murals and skaters to photograph. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FDR_Skatepark FDR Skate Park has been described by professionals and in magazine articles such as Thrasher and Skateboarder to be a concrete, skateboard 'paradise', as it was designed and built by skateboard enthusiasts. The whole Park is also playable in the video game Tony Hawk's Proving Ground by Activision and Neversoft. Bring your fast focus camera/lens for the action shots. Got to last stop on Broad St Line and walk west on Pattison to the museum.

PPL Monthly Meetup - At Culture Works 1315 Walnut st

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia

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 ........ see the work of fellow PPL'ers and / or share your work, get questions answered, network and socialize. This is a current image :

Sometimes BIGGER IS BETTER ! Medium and Large Format Photography Workshop

When it comes to image size bigger is often better in the sense that image tonality takes on a very different quality versus smaller formats. This is as true with digital images as with film photography. So, if you are curious about medium and large format photography you should come to the PPL workshop for a complete HANDS ON introduction. Larger formats, both digital sensors and film, are the camera of choice for many professional photographers. This type of camera offers tremendous flexibility, great image quality and a unique photographic perspective. Famous photographers like Fazal Sheikh, Annie Leibovitz, Diane Arbus and Mary Ellen Mark use the medium format camera as their main photographic tool. Great Photography is still being created with this type of camera. Time : Saturday 10:30am - 5:00pm (plus review / critique on Sunday) INSTRUCTOR : Mike Browna FEE : $450.00 includes 2 days of instruction including use of medium AND large format camera equipment, with film and materials. We even develop the film for you overnight for review and feedback on the second day !!!! (Discount to $350 for Contributors .... Discount to $250 for Benefactors) IMPORTANT: CLICK HERE (http://philadelphiaphotoleague.tumblr.com/) to purchase workshop tickets. Please keep your RSVP up to date to help us with planning and event costs. In the workshop we will teach you all the techniques required to work confidently with medium and large format cameras. We'll explore how various lenses and formats change image impact. Whether a rangefinder, SLR and Waist level is for you ...... and ........ we will cover all operational aspects from film loading and all image formats from 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9, 4x5, 8x10, etc ....... we will even explain what those numbers mean !!!!! :-) Best of all ...... this will be HANDS ON workshop……. we will provide for you all equipment to use during the workshop which includes a medium or large format camera, film and film holder, light meter, etc. We will "hit the road" to a local venue and create images using medium format cameras. You will leave the workshop with the ability to confidently create photographs using this type of camera. WORKSHOP AGENDA : DAY 1 : You will spend time getting an overview of equipment and materials. We will then shoot IN THE STUDIO in the morning ....... during the afternoon we will head outside for some portraiture and streets shooting and architecture. Your work from day 1 will be developed overnight. DAY 2 : We will review your work the following morning with a critique and thoughts on next steps for you to pursue. TOPICS COVERED : • Practical matters for when using a medium or large format camera in the real-world ⁃ Transportation and storage of equipment • Camera selection and lens choices • How to work with roll and sheet film ...... loading the camera, roll film backs and film holders • Darkroom - we'll cover how to process film • Developing and scanning / printing from negatives • Portraiture demonstration using Instant Film • Discussion of equipment, materials, etc ......

Past events (356)

Lets visit Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill Coffee Company

Photos (3,292)