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Akron Camera Club

Akron Camera Club Photo by David Lange, Akron Camera Club Member

 

The Akron Camera Club meets twice a month at the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls. We gather most often on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September through May, organizing programs with local professional photographers and holding member competitions using local judges.

In the past, we held annual exhibitions of our photo art at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, but with our recent move to the Quirk Center, we are pursuing alternative venues. Our web site is www.akroncameraclub.net, and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/akroncameraclub.

The Akron Camera Club traces its roots back to the late 1800s when photographers in the Akron area would meet to share photographs, equipment and information. With the onset of World War I, the group went on hiatus. In 1937, the Akron Camera Club re-emerged, became incorporated and has had regular meetings since then.

In the 1940s, the Akron Camera Club, along with other northeast Ohio camera clubs, broadcast programs on photography on local radio station WGAR.
In 1941 camera clubs in Ohio, including the Akron Camera Club, joined together to defeat Ohio House Bill 85. This bill would have required all photographers who sold or displayed their photos to be licensed, which would have been an unnecessary burden for amateur photographers.

One of our more famous members was Willard Seiberling, son of F. A. Seiberling, the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and the uncle of John Seiberling, one of the creators of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In the late 1950s, Willard Seiberling would host photo outings at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

Early in the club history, meetings were in Akron, but later moved to Cuyahoga Falls and became involved with the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center as a place for meetings and an annual exhibition of photographic art. As of 2017, the club now meets at the Quirk Cultural Center in Cuyahoga Falls.