Sonora Photo Club
Welcome to Sonora Photo Club
The Sonora Photo Club was founded in 2005 in the California Gold Country town of Sonora to promote the art of photography. Photographers of all experience levels from beginner to professional are welcome to meet in a supportive and friendly environment where they can share their expertise and develop skills in all aspects of photography. 

Be sure to check out club member photographs by visiting the Member Photographs page.  Agendas and club minutes can be found on the Meetings/General Business page, and under About the Club you'll find more information on club activities on the News and Information page.

The Sonora Photo Club meetings are held once a month on the second Sunday of the month in the afternoon.

I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and graduated from Western Illinois University where I earned a Master’s Degree in US History with a strong emphasis in the American Civil War.


My photographic interest began in the mid ’50 when I purchased a used Argus C3 and was bitten by the photography bug. Along the way I learned how to develop slide film and of course bore friends and neighbors with slide shows of the most recent vacation or the kid’s most recent adventure. The result of which is a cupboard full of slide trays containing thousands of slides of our kids growing up. Of course now we have thousands of images of grandchildren on hard drives.

(click here to learn more about the photographer and see additional photos). 
(Click on any photographer of the month photo to see it larger.) 

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Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each 
month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., usually at the 
Tuolumne County Library 
in Sonora. 
Notes on Ansel Adams

"...That brings me to the picture of the Moonrise at Hernandez.  Sure you saw it at the museum; Steichen picked it out there for U.S. Camera.  I think it one of my best."
—Ansel Adams, Letters 1916-1984, Edited by Mary Street Alinder & Andrea Gray Stillman.

"Ansel sold more than one thousand prints of Moonrise—more than any other image, and he personally made every one in his darkroom.... Ansel sold his first print of Moonrise for around twenty-five dollars in 1941.  He sold his last in December 1975 for five hundred dollars, but subsequently prices continued to rise at an unbelievable rate....In 1981 a collector paid $71,500 for a mural-sized print.... a print made in December 1948 sold at auction in 2006 for $609,600."
—Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man, Andrea G. Stillman.