Huntington Camera Club Founding Members: 1966 - Present

The Huntington Camera Club was founded in 1966 by a small group of individuals with a common interest in photography and dedicated themselves to nurturing those interests as well as the club itself. These select few formed a club that has grown to well over 100 members and reached it's 50th anniversary milestone in 2016.

Below is a listing in chronilogical order of our current members who have been with the club for 25 years or more.

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[Founding Members]

PhotoNameYear InductedBio
Kevin Armstrong2016
Michael Azzato2016
Clyde Berger2016
Joseph Constantino2016

I'm pretty sure I joined the club in 1968 but it was a long time ago so I'm not positive.  I do remember the first year meeting at Huntington High School.

I was chairman of the committee to rewrite the competition rules and Jim Conlon was the competition chairman at the time.  I don't remember the year.

I'm involved with photography because it is a wonderful avenue of self expression and communicating what one is interested in through visual means.  All types of photography has a story to tell and the viewer needs to try to find the story that the photographer is attempting to communicate.  Usually the better the picture the clearer the story.  Landscape photography, nature photography, etc. all have their own and sometimes hidden tales.  It is up to viewer to discover the sometimes inner meaning of a photo.  Viewing, appreciating, interpreting and simply enjoying a good photo makes the individual a richer person.

What I love most about photography is the challenge of attempting to create a great image no matter what the subject is.  Sometimes that may be easy if the subject is in itself a wonderful subject but if the subject is somewhat different and perhaps even abstract it is up to the photographer to apply his skills to make the image as presentable and viewable as possible to attract the interest of the viewer.

There really is no favorite for me...I enjoy street photography, architectural photography, nature photography, etc. and the photography I enjoy most is that which I am shooting at the time.

Rosemary Femia2016
Gordon Goldsmith2016
Leon Hertzson2016

Leon has now been photographing for over 74 years. Most emphasis has been on Fine Art Photography with Street Imaging and Photojournalism thrown in for good measure. Over the years, he has been president of 5 different camera clubs, judged a variety of clubs for over 20 years, lectured, curated and led many new photographers into the strange and mystic passages of camera and darkroom works which ultimately resulted in the achievement goals of declaring themselves “photographers”.

He has keened his eye by independently studying fine art in all mediums and as such, has a broad base from which to kindly review the image presentations at competitions and offer suggestions that can aid in making a better image. (And that doesn't always occur as some images can defy changes/improvements).

Lastly, though now in his late 80's, he takes great pleasure in offering comments about the images he is shown. Constructively commenting about the maker's work is a reward for a lifetime of being in the photographic arts field.

Leon has now been photographing for over 74 years. Most emphasis has been on Fine Art Photography with Street Imaging and Photojournalism thrown in for good measure. Over the years, he has been president of 5 different camera clubs, judged a variety of clubs for over 20 years, lectured, curated and led many new photographers into the strange and mystic passages of camera and darkroom works which ultimately resulted in the achievement goals of declaring themselves “photographers”.

He has keened his eye by independently studying fine art in all mediums and as such, has a broad base from which to kindly review the image presentations at competitions and offer suggestions that can aid in making a better image. (And that doesn't always occur as some images can defy changes/improvements).

Lastly, though now in his late 80's, he takes great pleasure in offering comments about the images he is shown. Constructively commenting about the maker's work is a reward for a lifetime of being in the photographic arts field.

Glenn Hudson2016

I first joined the club right after starting work at Stony Brook University back in 1978 but remember stopping by and observing meetings as a high school student back in the early seventies after seeing a print left behind in my health classroom by a member whom I can’t remember. From that point forward I was an on and off member as time permitted until I became a more permanent member some 15 or so years ago.

During my time in the club I have served on the competition, competition rules, and website committees and currently chair the technology committee. Fourteen years ago, from an idea spawned by Marty Kesselman who provided a leadership role, the technology committee was formed and we decided to take on the task of moving us into the digital age, away from film slides. During that time, I created our now 13 year old web based online membership and competition submission system. I am proud to say it has served us well for so many years.

I have remained involved in the club for nearly 40 years because of the many friends I have made during this time and because of all the wonderful creative, inspirational, and enriching experiences our program committee continues to provide our members with each year. It is amazing how many talented photographers we have in our midst that provide wisdom on such a vast array of interesting subjects, not to mention being lucky enough to see their work first hand at our competitions.

I love photography because it allows me to visually share with others my passion of the outdoors and fulfill my hunger for learning new, challenging, yet useful post processing techniques to improve my workflow. I really don’t believe I have a specific style or photographic genre that I fall into but I do find myself capturing landscapes, waterfall, nature and wildlife scenes most often because of my love for the outdoors and hiking. During the winter, I rely more on my macro and still life photography to get me through those months.

Marty Kesselman2016

I joined HCC in September 1988. I have held many positions in the club. Greeter – A membership attempt to make new people attending meetings feel welcome. Membership Committee member – The only one. Continued this and then took-on other jobs. Competition Committee member - Started by helping out during the sign-in of images. Competition Chairman - I took-over as chairman and held this position, off-and-on, for a total of about 8 years. I reviewed and modified competition rules twice.Automated the process of sign-in for competition. Automated the membership database. Requested funds and Purchased a digital projector and Laptop computer for the club. Arranged for our own website and named it “Huntington Camera Club” (HCCNY.ORG). Started Sunday Shooters – Charles (Chuck) Hollander, now deceased, suggested we start a group to take pictures together. He asked me if I would help him and commit to Sunday breakfasts. The two of us had breakfast together went someplace to shoot and sometimes there was only one of us. Slowly we got people to join us. Leon Hertzson and Frank Sposato and Gordon Goldsmith were the core of the group initially. Mike Kelly (past president) later started to come and the group has slowly grown to as many as 18. Membership Committee – Interspersed with competition efforts I worked with Leon Hertzson acting as ambassadors for the club publicizing the HCC during Sunday Shooters. Membership Committee Chairman - I recently took-over for Leon.

Being a member of the club is all about the people in the club. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The club was very social in the early days. We had a break in the middle of the meetings to have coffee and conversation and then resumed the meeting. We had people in charge of refreshments and rotated the task so no-one was burdened with it. The club was very active with trips to Vermont, lots of talks on photography and “how-to” meetings. We had a small club about 60 - 80 or so, but the board meetings had 25 to 30 people show-up. Everyone was involved in it.

It took me a long time to realize what a photograph was. I enjoy trying to make an image. The process is a challenge to me because I can’t take a wonderful image in the camera (I am trying though). I also enjoy the sharing of experience with others. Trying to help others through writing tutorials, explaining how I manage to do things to images to improve them, what I am looking for in an image, what makes an image more appealing and less appealing. The sharing process has moved me toward OLLI at Stony Brook University, where I lead a workshop and take workshops during my retirement years.

My favorite type of photography is Flower Photography – The flowers tend to stand still. They do get blown by the wind and you have to be aware of this. However, they pose nicely are all different shapes and colors and they patiently await your click of the shutter. You can find them everywhere.

Herb Knopp2016

I joined the Huntington Camera Club in 1991 from an ad in Newsday.

Since joining I have held the following positions: Delegate at Large, Member By Laws Committee, Member Competition Rules Committee, Mentor for members, new and existing, Club Treasurer for the last 15 years, Member of the Executive Board of Directors for the last 15 years.

I have been involved in the club because of my love of photography, the learning experiences the club has provided for me and for the friendships that I have made from belonging to the club.

Since my teens, I have had a passion for photography since working with my father in his darkroom. I love the memories of family and friends that I have been able to preserve and share from seeing photos, old and new. Maybe because of this, I love people photography. I have traveled extensively with other members of the club and love to bring back pictures of the people and cultures that we have met and seen on our travels.

Michael Macchiarella2016
Tom Mangan2016
Frank O'Brien2016
Ronald Schlick2016
Frank Silverman2016
Frank Sposato2016
Carole Witkover2016

Wow 1980! I joined the Huntington Camera Club. Can’t believe it. Always enjoyed taking photos graduating from my Brownie Box camera to my new Lumix DMC-zs100, which probably weighs the same. My SLR & lenses grew heavier with time.Over the years I first would take photos of friends and special evens and then my interest's broadened. I especially enjoy “capturing the moment” with children around the world.

Belonging to the HCC Camera Club gave me new purpose to expand my skills. There were so many good photographers there to answer questions and help me learn. At Competitions the judges comments (didn’t always agree!!) gave additional clues for improvement.

Traveling with cameras in hand added another dimension and “Witkover Travel Adventures” was born! Love sharing our photos and creating programs sharing our love or photography and travel. We have been presenting them over 200 times.

I was a “Delegate at Large” many times and  “Secretary” at the club. Most important position  ”Refreshment Chairperson” We would take a break in between slides and prints and socialize sharing ideas staying until 11 PM. Here's to many more years as a member of our great club as we enjoy photography with friends

Richard Witkover2016
Mary Ruppert2017

Mary Ruppert joined HCC in 1992.  At my very first competition, I got my ears pinned back but it excited me and made me come back for more.  I had worked in my father's darkroom with him from the time I was a little girl and was mesmerized by the fact that I could be sitting on a stool posing for him one minute and a few minutes later I was floating in pans of magic solution and finally hung up to dry overhead.

I have enjoyed the camaraderie at HCC very much but I also think my membership has been a wonderful educational experience.  Not only are the programs creative, interesting and enriching but we have so many talented photographers from whom it is easy to learn.

I have served as 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Delegate, Judge Selection Chair, Field Trip Chair, Mentor Chair, and Projected Category Setup Chair.  I have been a committee member for Constitution Revision, By-laws Revision, Programming, Competition Rules and 50th Anniversary.

I like all photographic genres but find myself shooting mostly landscapes, floral, children, wildlife, and travel.  But what I like most of all is re-interpreting my images in Photoshop.   It is amazing for photographers in the digital age to take reality and add their creativity and imagination to give a new spirit to their work.  I have now moved from photo-realism to impressionistic photography in some of my images to add to and create beyond the click of the shutter. As with a painting... one can see not only the reality then but the dream behind it.

Jim Conlon2017