The Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, displayed both pleasure and pride when she joined Watford Area Arts Forum in welcoming the Royal Photographic Society to town for the launch of members’ biennial touring exhibition, on Sunday, February 3.
The 100 images on show at the Harlequin gallery were selected from 9,000 entries from members worldwide and constitute a major event in the national arts calender.
Two years ago, the RPS included Watford on the exhibition tour for the first time at the invitation of the then chairman of Watford Area Arts Forum, Jaffer Bhimji, who is also a member of the country’s oldest and most prestigious photographic society.
Watford and the bright and airy gallery space above the town’s busy shopping centre proved so ideal, it was decided to launch this year’s national tour at the Harlequin Gallery.
President of the society, Roy Robertson, performed the official opening in front of a gallery packed with visitors from all over the country, who enjoyed viewing the show and meeting some of the winners including winner of the Silver Medal, Marc Aspland, who started his career as a photographer with the Watford Observer.
*The RPS Members’ Biennial Exhibitions continues at The Harlequin Gallery until February 17.