In January 1916 photographer and teacher Clarence H. White and some of his fellow photographers including Karl Struss, Gertrude Kaesebier, and Edward Dickinson founded The Pictorial Photographers of America. It was to be a national organization promoting "pictorial" photography, the emphasis on artistic expression rather than documentary, commercial or other realistic approaches.
Today PPA is in its 97th season and meets at 7 p.m. at 346 West 20th Street in Chelsea every 2nd and 4th Tuesday (not in December), except during the month of September. October marks the beginning of each new club season.
The 2nd Tuesday is devoted to competitions in print, slide and digital formats, both color and black-and-white. The 4th Tuesday features educational presentations, most often by photo professionals. Visitors are welcome.
Competition judges are professionals from New York’s diverse photographic community. Among them have been Eddie Adams, John Loengard, Al Satterwhite, Nancy and David Brown, Benedict J. Fernandez, Jill Enfield, Andrew French, Charles Traub, Pradeep Dalal, and Joyce Culver, to name just a few.
In April 2006 PPA celebrated its 90th Anniversary with a month-long exhibit of members’ work at the Westbeth Gallery.
The club publishes a monthly newsletter, Light and Shade, featuring club activities, news of exhibitions, competition scores, and other items of interest to members. People interested in photography can join PPA throughout the year.