April 3rd Meeting

Our April Meeting will take place on Monday, April 3, 7-9 pm at Pizza House in Ann Arbor.  We’ll discuss upcoming events, summer plans, World Pinhole Day, etc.

Also, new film discussion, what’s your latest “new” camera, and other useful information, as always.


Want to know how to “shoot sprockets”?  You don’t need a Lomo Sprocket Rocket.  Learn how to load 35mm film into medium format cameras, such as the Holga, or Brownie cameras.




March 2017 Meeting

Monday March 6, 7-9 pm A3C3 Meeting at Pizza House! Be there! Be square… or landscape… or portrait.  There may be some film surprises.

January 2 Meeting

First meeting of 2017

Our meeting will be held January 2, 2017 at Pizza House, on Church Street in Ann Arbor.  Start time is 7 pm, and meeting ends at 9 pm.  Bring your latest photographic items to show off!  If you had prints in the Homage to the Holga show, you can pick them up at the meeting, or contact Mark O’Brien to arrange a pickup at his house.

We will also be discussing the Post Card Exchange, ideas for upcoming shows and meetups, and other items as they arise.

If you have yet to attend a meeting, you are missing one of the most fun aspects of our group – sharing ideas, knowledge, and images.

See you Monday!


Bill Bresler at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, A3C3 trip, 2016.


Heather Gardner, A3C3 trip to Matthaei, 2016


Patti Smith at Matthaei, A3C3 trip, 2016

December 18th Meetup @ the DIA


Part of the wonderful Diego Rivera mural

In lieu of a December meeting on the first Monday, we will meet on the steps of the Detroit Institute of Art on SUNDAY, DEC. 18 @ 1 pm.    The “Detroit After Dark” photography exhibit is up, and we look forward to meeting our friends at the DIA.    Depending on the weather, a little walk-about afterwards with cameras will also take place. For information on the DIA–http://www.dia.org/

Curved staircase, DIA

Curved staircase, DIA


Fun Opening for the Holga Show

Thursday, October 13 was the opening night for the Homage to the Holga exhibit at the Argus Museum.  It was also the start of the annual Argus gathering at the museums, so there were quite a few familiar faces of Argus enthusiasts that had arrived earlier that day.  Overall, it was a fun evening, but we were a bit surprised by the lack of attendance of others in the A3C3.  Maybe it was the timing, but it would have been nice to see about a dozen more people show up that night.  For those that came, thank you, and I know that you enjoyed the exhibit.  There were 8 photographers in the show: Robert Beech, Bill Bresler, Jason DeLeon, Dawn Gardner, Heather Gardner, Pam Guenzel, Mark O’Brien, and T. Paul Wrobel.   If people came expecting fuzzy images and light leaks, they would have been surprised at the quality and subject matter of the images.  Keeping true to form, I used a Holga with a potato-masher flash to take candids during the evening.

October 3 Meeting


The OCTOBER MEETING will be held on 10/3 at 7 PM at the CORNER BREWERY, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti. We’ll be meeting indoors unless it’s one of those lovely evenings. We’ll discuss the upcoming Holga Exhibit, get volunteers for the set-up and refreshments. Also, discuss some of the interesting films being sold by the FPP, and bring your gear!

The Annual Argus Gathering In Ann Arbor

Press Release – 2016 ACG/Argus Museum Conference

Have you _DSC8935heard – the Argus Museum is again hosting the  ACG/Argus Museum Conference? It’s fast approaching! The conference is casual, the participants are enthusiastic and welcoming and the presentations given are interesting,  informative and well-done. Additionally, this year’s field trips, in particular, offer rare opportunities. The 2016 conference is being held October 13-16. It opens on Thursday evening with the photography exhibition “Homage to the Holga” showcasing work by the Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club (A3C3). According to the group: “The A3C3’s ethos has always been about ‘crappy’ cameras, and while the Holga is no longer being  manufactured, it remains the standard·bearer for crappy cameras.”

Friday’s schedule includes special viewing hours for the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Community Helpers”; the project was researched and designed by area grade school children. This is followed by a tour of the Clements Library, which houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteen through the nineteenth century and is normally opened only by appointment to serious researchers. Dinner is being held at the Argus Museum and generously donated by Argus Collectors Group (ACG) members, After dinner, enjoy the presentation, “Argus in the 1950s” given by ACG member, Bob Kelly. We will look at key players, innovations and marketing, significant products, transition points, merger impacts and the situation as Argus completed 25 years in business in June of 1961.

A display titled, “Whatever happened to Gustave Fassin?” is a look at the man behind the design of the Argus A – the company’s first 35mm camera. It will be on view Friday and Saturday. Additionally, the DeMara Display, photographs of the construction of Mackinac Bridge and the camera used to take the images, will be installed in time for the conference.


Saturday is another full day with presentations and the premier of recently-digitized Argus films in the morning followed by lunch and discussions with former Argus employees and members of their families. (If you know former Argus employees, or those whose parents were employed by the company, please let them know of the luncheon.) The group then heads to the privately-owned Macon Creek Mill for a tour and photo-ops. The Banquet, catered by The Movable Feast, will also be held at the mill which will include awards, the results of the photography competition and an auction to benefit the Argus Museum.

On Sunday, guests are encouraged to attend the annual Michigan Photographic Historical Society’s 41st Annual Photographica Show & Sale being held at Royal Oak’s Elks Lodge. Plenty of camera equipment, vintage photographs and postcards and other photo-related items will be for sale and deals are to be had!

The conference brings together collectors, historians, photographers from across the country and Canada as well as local community members. Please join us for any one event or for the entire conference. Registration is required for the luncheon, field trips and the banquet; registration is requested for all other events. For additional information for the conference, and other events and projects, and for volunteer opportunities, please contact the Argus Museum curator, Cheryl Chidester, at: cchidester@onealconstruction.com or 734-769- 0770. You can also find out more about the conference and updates at:

http://washtenawhistory.org/index.php? section=sites&content=argus_museum and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Argus-Museum- 513899468693713/. Registration forms are available here