Kids Are Where You Find Them
Juvenile delinquency gets frequent mention in the public prints these days. Adults—and some of the kids as well— ask one another what this country’s coming to. Vandalism and worse things continue to crop up. It happens in rural areas as well as in the cities. True, the farming and cattle-raising territories have one pretty good preventative in the 4-H movement. But even in the country you can find youthful gangs loafing around the main drag at night, constituting accidents about to happen.
Now, I’m certainly not going to say that photography is the magic treatment which will knock juvenile crime waves and vandalism into oblivion. But it can help. It has its definite appeal to the teen-agers, and some of them get pretty adept at it in no time at all. Evidence of progress in this direction is found abundantly in the pictures turned out for National Scholastic, Freedoms Foundation, and other competitions. And this year for the first time a teen-ager is a featured expert on the PSA convention program. (See the item on this below.)
Comes now the Midwoocl Camera Chib of Brooklyn, N. Y., with an idea which I present for emulation by your own group. This autumn, Midwood is inviting young men in its bailiwick to sit in on club meetings, lectures, and demonstrations. For something like 15 cents per week, each of these lads will enjoy all benefits of the club. He will meet and associate with wholesome companions, learn about photography, get a crack at darkroom work in the evenings (in his own home or in that of a club member). It’s a good, constructive idea, and cannot fail to accomplish at least something. (Incidentally, if you live in Brooklyn and know of a lad who’s a likely candidate, write to Midwood’s Fred Waldhauer, 1202 East 38th St.)
The Midwood people undoubtedly have their own good reasons for leaving the gals out of tliis picture, and I do not question them on that point. However,
I do suggest that other groups with similar plans might well consider including the chicks in the act. This is particularly recommended where a club has on its roster one or more capable woman photographers — and there are plenty of them!
Pei'haps juvenile delinquency isn’t a problem in your community. Perhaps you just think it isn’t—have you checked this out with the authorities? Possibly there s a good photography program already going at the high school or the YMCA. In the latter case, tie into it— there’s always room for help and encouragement. In any of the former situations, better reconsider. I certainly hate platitudes, and I wouldn’t want to sound stuffy—but at the considered risk of doing so, I’ll say in all sincerity that the kid you save may be your own.
Teen-ager to Address PSA
Taking his place beside older exper on the 1955 convention program of tl Photographic Society of America will \ 17-year-old Torrey Jackson of MarbL head, Mass. Jackson will address th gathering on the subject of wild-bir portraits, a field in which he has estai lished an enviable record. He will illu: trate his talk with examples of his wor
Other speakers at the convention, whic will be held October 5-8 in Boston, Mas* include Ansel Adams, L. Whitney Stam ish,Dr. Edwin H. Land, Dr. Harold 1 Edgerton, John Doscher, and Fred Bom
Shows for Exchange
Co-Ed Camera Club of the YMCJ Fort Wayne, Ind., has a print show avai able for exchange. Also available is slide collection, which can be obtaine either on an exchange basis or by clul in need of program material. Correspor dence regarding either show should h addressed to Jack Root, Route 1, Spence] ville, Ind.
We hear that Bloomfield Hills Camer Chib’s ex-president and wandering air bassador, Edward G. Batty, turned u awhile back at Baltimore Camera Clul where he helped judge prints and slide entered in a Women’s Civic League cor test. Sure gets around.
Having done an outstanding job a president of Chicago’s Metro Movie Clul Andy Gi-aham has stepped down to en joy a well-earned rest. Metro is the out fit which meets every week, and you cai imagine what a load that schedule put on the officers. Another Metro wheel horse, Art Barcal, steps into Andy’s shoes and should do a comparably fine jot Few clubs enjoy the outstanding leader ship found at this one.
Denver Council of Camera Clubs real ly has done things to its “Photogram. Beautiful bleed cover on a recent issui was an excellent photograph, very niceb reproduced.
I note here with sincere regret the un timely passing of Carl Sanchez, ÀPSA ARPS. Carl was one of the more activi people in amateur photography—a hare worker and a sincere person. He was &; past president of Pictorial Photographer: of America (Brooklyn, N. Y.).
Redlands (Calif.) Camera Club’s Photc Fiesta always rates space here. The 1955 version—seventh annual—was schedulec for July 31, and any photographer within driving distance is crazy if he didn’1 take it in. Last year, some 3,000 did. I’m impatiently awaiting the arrival of a picture of Miss Photo Fiesta 1955. If she’s up to her predecessors she’ll be decorative indeed.
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