”Since 2009 I have come to understand the special role of The Royal Photographic Society...the importance and influence of the organisation in the wider photographic community, both amateur and professional.“Joe Cornish, HonFRPS
I’m Joe Cornish, and have been a passionate photographer since I bought my first SLR as a 19-year old. I studied fine art at university, but it was assisting photographers that introduced me to a career in the industry and helped train me in skills such as large format, and lighting. As a photographer I have had the chance to travel widely; photographing landscape has given me an intimacy with nature and taught me the interconnectedness of all things.
I became aware of The RPS reading about the lives of other photographers, and gave my first talk to a Society group in the late 1990s, the first of many. This helped me understand the importance and influence of the organisation in the wider photographic community, both amateur and professional.
Receiving an Honorary Fellowship from The Society in 2009 was an extraordinary moment of affirmation for me, and since then especially I have come to understand the special role of the Society. I have particularly appreciated the opportunity to put something back in to photography by serving on The Society's distinctions panels. I get to work with highly experienced colleagues on the panel, to see some amazing work, to comment constructively on portfolios, and hopefully help people with suggestions for improvement in the future.