40 years of the Sherbrooke Photo Club: digital slides

We realize how much time has passed since the founding of the Sherbrooke Photo Club as soon as we look at the poster of the very first event organized by the group in 1979: what was then called the SAPE (Société des arts Estrie photographers) had launched the very first International Exhibition of … color slides! The founding president, Jean-Claude Menneron, had managed to recruit 850 photographers from 35 different countries, who presented 3475 of these tiny clichés.
Q UATRE decades later, not only the Photo Club de Sherbrooke is always (unlike slides), with a workforce of between 70 and 80 members depending on the year, but it is about to close the activities of its 40th anniversary with an exhibition at the Parvis, but also a presence at the new vintage of the Parcours Photo Sherbrooke, on the theme Our world: its environment . A dozen shots, made by eight members, were selected.

In fact, since the first edition in 2017, the club has been associated with the Sherbrooke Photo Tour. It must be said that one of the founders of the course, René Houle, is also part of the club, hence the close collaboration between the two from the beginning, to help develop this new outdoor exhibition space.

“This is in fact the last year of a three-year partnership,” says President Anne-Josée Beaudoin, highlighting, with her colleagues Pierre Vignau and Francine Ostiguy, the good comments received from visitors since 2017.

“We know that it does not go unnoticed. We see the walkers stop in front of the photos and discuss. People find that it beautifies the site and it’s a great idea of ​​the City. And these are quality infrastructures, “commented Anne-Josée Beaudoin and Pierre Vignau.

The titanium titan of Pierre Vignau: “It’s the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, with a person, very small, in the lower left corner. This is to illustrate the immoderation of what the human, here a titanium building, which is not the least expensive material. This museum was used to restart the city, after a collapse of industries. ”
The titanium titan of Pierre Vignau: “It’s the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, with a person, very small, in the lower left corner. This is to illustrate the immoderation of what the human, here a titanium building, which is not the least expensive material. This museum was used to restart the city, after a collapse of industries. ”

“After all that has been done for the sport at Lake des Nations, it feels good to see something for the culture,” adds Francine Ostiguy.

Damn it! Francine Ostiguy: “I’m leaving the Carrefour de l’Estrie. All the parking had been cleared. There was only this car left. As if his owner had decided to wait until it melted. ”
Damn it! Francine Ostiguy: “I’m leaving the Carrefour de l’Estrie. All the parking had been cleared. There was only this car left. As if his owner had decided to wait until it melted. ”
PROVIDED, FRANCINE OSTIGUY
As in the last two years, the inauguration of the new exhibition of the PPS is accompanied by activities, including a guided tour with the artists this Saturday at 1:30 pm, a photo safari at the Place des Moulins on Sunday, September 1st at 3 pm, as well as a new edition of Art Barter, during the Labor Day weekend (from 10 am to 4 pm), until Monday. Just go to the Armand-Nadeau Pavilion at Jacques-Cartier Park, where fifteen members of the club exhibit about sixty other works. And if the desire to acquire one presents itself, one proposes a barter.

“We were offered very original in the past: the loan of a convertible for a weekend, a Christmas meal for eight people, four hours of housekeeping … say Anne-Josée Beaudoin and Francine Ostiguy . Just let your imagination go. But each photographer keeps the right to refuse if bartering does not please him, “they add.

As for the exhibition 40 years of passion photo , presented until September 23 at the Parvis, it includes some of the best shots taken by members between 2006 and 2019. In the language of the club, we call it “three points”.

“We run contests internally, and when a photo gets three points, it’s because every judge of the selection committee has chosen it,” says the trio. Some have also been awarded at the provincial, contests organized by the SPPQ (Society for the Promotion of Photo in Quebec). Unfortunately, we still have few shots before 2006, before digital. ”

The exhibition also presents several texts summarizing the highlights of the 40 years of the Sherbrooke Photo Club, as well as a letter written especially by the founding president Jean-Claude Menneron, returned to live in France in the 1980s but moved remember him.

Among the indelible moments, Pierre Vignau is not ready to forget October 1, 2010, where, in collaboration with the late weekly La Nouvelle , 25 members of the club had a mandate to immortalize 24 hours in the lives of Sherbrookois. By chance, on the chosen day, floods hit the city.

“This is one of our beautiful projects! Most of the participants had been around the clock. ”

And the initiatives are not lacking for the future, such as a new photo book and this diptych project with the Sherbrooke History Museum, where old images of places will be juxtaposed with pictures of the same places today. “We hope for an exhibition in 2020,” concludes Anne-Josée Beaudoin.

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