Der FotoKlub celebrates anniversary

The Der FotoKlub, Fredericksburg’s local photography club, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the club’s founding June 18 with a party.

Der FotoKlub started in June 2004 and was established to promote and encourage the interest and knowledge of photography and camaraderie with other photographers.

The idea to start a photography club came from Larry Miller. Shortly after moving here from Florida, where he participated in an active photography club, he attended a photography class where he met Zach Pooser.

Miller asked Pooser if he would like to be part of starting a photography club in Fredericksburg. The two soon met to organize and lay the groundwork for the club.

They asked the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post to place a notice inviting anyone interested in a photography club to contact Miller and several responded.

After that, a mutually beneficial relationship with the community was formed.

Through the years, several facilities have offered space free of charge for the club to meet, including Memorial Presbyterian Church, Photography 414 Gallery, Hill Country Memorial Hospital and The Good Samaritan Center where they currently meet.

Others have provided areas for the club to display their annual juried exhibitions, including Photography 414 Gallery, Fredericksburg Winery, Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and August E’s.

To give back to the community through the years, club members have photographed events and places such as Oktoberfest, Salute to Our Armed Forces and Families, Gillespie County Historical Society, Nimitz Museum and reenactments, Fredericksburg High School rocket launches among others.

Club members’ photographs have been displayed at Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Currently their photos are on loan to the Brune Professional Building, Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and The Good Samaritan Center.

The club attracts members not only from Fredericksburg but also other Hill Country cities.

Attendees learn through showing their photos and engaging in positive, helpful critiquing. The members also take field trips to places such as Lyndon B. Johnson National Park and the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico for photographer experiences.

Most members work with digital cameras, some use film and develop their own images and others use their phones.

People interested in photography, regardless of their level of ability or the type equipment they use, are invited to visit and join the club.

Der FotoKlub meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at The Good Samaritan Center. For more information about the club, contact president, Andrea Binder at andybphotography@yahoo.com.

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