Photography and Fraternity

Beckenham Photographic Society has developed a thriving relationship with Image’in Perigny, a club based in Perigny, a suburb of La Rochelle on the west coast of France.

The relationship began in 2016 when Image’in Perigny, a flourishing photographic club with around 70 members, suggested a link with BPS.  Roger and Angela Ford who are members of both clubs organised an exchange of images as a starting point.  The aim was to explore each other’s styles and techniques and to share comments. 

Since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength. 

BPS Visits La Rochelle 2017

BPS members were invited to La Rochelle in May 2017 and were hosted in Perigny members’ homes.  It was a very successful trip which began with a civic reception from the Mayor.  We visited a range of great photographic sites and joined a club evening sharing a number of favourite images.

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BPS At Perigny Exhibition

BPS contributed 15 images to Image’in Perigny’s 40th anniversary exhibition.  The Mayor attended the opening evening and encouraged both clubs to keep up their friendship in his speech.

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Image’in Perigny Visits Beckenham in 2018

In May 2018, 17 Perigny photographers came to Beckenham and enjoyed trips to London and Greenwich led by BPS members.  The visit featured in a two-page spread in Photography News.

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Plans for 2019-20 season

  • BPS members have been invited once more to La Rochelle in September 2019.
  • This year we are exchanging images on the theme of Capturing Movement

The friendship between the two clubs gives members the opportunity to visit France and meet other photographers and exchange ideas as well as the chance to appreciate a different style of photography.

Liaison with Image ‘in Perigny is organised from the UK by Angela and Roger Ford and from France by Didier Von Tillman and Estelle Ducept with support from Michel Boucheret, the Perigny President.

See more of the French club’s work on their website –