In 1944, Thelma Beers, PhD (1913-2012) loved photography and submitted a slide, anonymously, to the Men's Photo Club of Minneapolis. Her image of a dramatic night sky filled with lightning won. Unfortunately, when the club learned the slide was taken by a woman, it was disqualified.
Never one to be deterred, Thelma, with four female friends who also liked to take photographs, organized The Women's Color Photo Club of Minneapolis (WCPC). Seventy-one years later, WCPC continues to hold monthly salons and to share its love of photography.
The Men's Photo Club is no longer active.
Thelma remained an active club member until she passed away in 2012 at the age of 99. Those who knew her will not forget her enthusiasm and willingness to share what she knew about photography with others. Today, WCPC carries on the tradition and continues to provide an opportunity for women to share their images and ideas about photography.
We invite you to attend a monthly salon. Watch this site for more information on meeting dates and venues. See you there!
Note: Members can learn more about Thelma (her credentials from the Photographic Society of America and photographic techniques) in the Members Only section.
Photo competitions (monthly salons) are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, March through December.
(Occasionally, a meeting date may change because of scheduling or venue conflicts -- see "Home" page for updates.)
A short meeting is held to discuss club business and any upcoming events before the salon. After the salon, the judge for the evening often presents a short program of his or her photography.
2011, WCPC opened up internet memberships for women outside the Twin Cities Metro area.
Internet members e-mail their entries for competitions once a month
(just as "regular" members do). Internet members' entries are pooled and judged with regular members' entries.
Because internet members are often not able to attend meetings and salons, we hope to include judges' comments about each slide (anonymously) on the website. This feedback. along with the camaraderie of the meeting itself, is important for improving our photography and sharing techniques. Look for these comments in the "Members Only" section of the website soon.