The Isle of Man Photographic Society’s 75th anniversary exhibition at the House of Mannanan has been hailed an unqualified success and, for one of the Island’s leading professional photographers, will have an impact that will last long after the displays have been have dismantled.
Andrew Barton, LBIPP LMPA, has been made an honorary life member of the Society.
President Tony Curtis explained: ‘The exhibition has been a huge success and has been viewed by people from all over the globe, many leaving some fantastic comments in the visitors’ book.
’One of the outstanding features of the event was the Andrew Barton Photography workshops. Over the four sessions we had more than 50 attendees, with some signing up for all four and intending to join the Society at the start of the season.
’Andrew put in many hours of preparation before the event, many hours setting up and 28 hours actually hosting the events. In recognition of this and all his work and support in previous years, including allowing us to use his studio for workshops, setting up the evening shoot at Luminaires and judging a number of our competitions the committee unanimously agreed that Andrew should be made an honorary life member of the Society. On behalf of the committee I was delighted to bestow the honour on Andrew, one we all agreed he richly deserved.’
Mr Barton said: ‘I am proud and also humbled to have been made an honorary life member of the Society, a body of men and women whose boundless enthusiasm and dedication has done so much over the years to raise the profile of the art of photography and also make it accessible to a wider audience.
‘The Society’s 75th anniversary exhibition showcased not only the breadth and depth of members’ skills and talents but also their sheer love of photography. I was therefore delighted to be part of their anniversary celebrations by holding these workshops where I was privileged to share the knowledge I have gained over more than 30 years as a professional photographer with such enthusiastic and receptive audiences. I look forward to my continuing involvement with the Isle of Man Photographic Society and wish members every success for the future.’
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