The Castle Craig Camera Club was founded in 1955 after a course in photography sponsored by the Meriden YMCA. Mr. & Mrs. Willis Cone were instrumental in obtaining the services of the instructor and the subsequent enthusiasm of the students led to the active and ongoing camera club that still exists over a half century later.
Interestingly, the original name was The Castle Craig COLOR Camera Club, and was devoted to the advancement of color slide photography. The word ‘color” was eventually dropped from the club’s name after the introduction of print photography.
Castle Craig itself is a widely known landmark of Meriden, so it was only fitting the club was named after the iconic structure located on East Peak in Hubbard Park.
In the fall of 1955 a well-known amateur photographer, Fredrick Flatow, assumed the presidency of the club. Under Flatow’s guidance, the club joined the Photographic Society of America (PSA). Club members began entering PSA sponsored contests and as time passed many CCCC members also became members of PSA. Later the club also became affiliated with the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC).
Awards are presented each year in honor of former instrumental club members, Dr. Daniel Kahn, Wallace Stevens and Paul Hanson.
Club meetings take place on the first and third Tuesdays during September through May – with competitions on the third Tuesday of each month. Come join us!