125th Anniversary Celebration

Right from the start, in 1890, CTPS has been making history as the longest surviving member-based photographic society in South Africa. It has become a “Society of Firsts” in many respects.

CREDIT:Kim Stevens

Pat Scott welcomes PSSA president Francois Rousseau to the CTPS 125-year birthday party in 2015 with Nicol du Toit looking on. Photo Nelle du Toit.

The assistance CTPS gave to other clubs in the Western Cape was acknowledged by Western Cape PSSA director Johan Kloppers with a commemorative mug as a gift for the society’s 125th birthday.  The 2016 PSSA congress in Langebaan was dedicated to CTPS because of the society’s contribution to South African photography..

During our 125 year anniversary birthday dinner, Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA) president Francois Rousseau (left) awarded CTPS a gold medal for Service to Photography. It was accepted by former CTPS president Detlef Basel.

In 2015, when the CTPS 125th anniversary was celebrated, we hosted an anniversary salon and exhibition, as well as an exhibition of members’ photographs from 1890 to the present in the Artscape foyer. CTPS hosts a salon or exhibition every alternative year.

CTPS maintains international ties, with members regularly gaining acceptances in international salons. In 2015 the President of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) , Walter Benzie, was a guest and speaker at the celebratory birthday dinner. In the early 1900s CTPS was affiliated with the RPS and during the next century several members were awarded honours by the RPS

CTPS was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the PSSA for the exemplary organisation of our 125 Anniversary Cape of Good Hope Photographic Salon. The printed catalogue of the winning entries and acceptances was a unique feature. Winning entries were exhibited in the Cape Town Library