CREDIT: Ken Holland ARPS

Little Poland: A Community in Devon

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Ken Holland ARPS, will be talking to the Contemporary Group about his project "Little Poland" on Monday 26th October 18.00 to 19.00.

The project "Little Poland: A Community in Devon" illustrates artefacts of history illustrating a post-WWII migration from Europe to an American Hospital and then on to a purpose-built residential home.

Ken began photography at the age of 9 and has been enthusiastic about it ever since. At school he joined the Photographic Society, and learned his first darkroom skills there. He has degrees in Social Sciences and in Education, taught for over 25 years and was headteacher of two different schools. A complete career change saw his final working years at the University of Exeter advising and demonstrating layout, presentation and graphics. Ken is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society who awarded him for his book “Little Poland”.

Ken worked semi-professionally in advertising, portrait, commercial and educational photography since 1978. He joined the RPS in 1989, gained his LRPS in 1990 and ARPS in 1992. Ken joined the RPS Contemporary Group soon after it was formed and currently designs its online magazine "Concept". He has been a member of the SW Contemporary Group since its beginning. “Little Poland” was exhibited at the RPS Members Gallery and was retained for the Collection. His work has been published in the RPS Journal and in the Contemporary Groups "Contemporary Photography" Journal. He was a commended finalist in the first RPS Photobook competition, with the book “Little Poland”. He is a member of the LRPS assessment panel.

He was awarded DPAGB in 2003 and was a winner of a PAGB National Gold Medal for mono prints. Teaching remains a key activity for Ken who taught City & Guilds Photography courses and continues to teach a beginners' photography course at his local arts centre.

Ken has been lecturing and judging in camera clubs for over 30 years and is the author of "Looking at Photographs" a unique guide to appraisal and judging. It has sold over 1000 copies worldwide and has been adopted by the Photo Society of South Africa as their standard book on judging. He is an Honorary Life Member of Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club and a senior member of the WCPF judges training and mentoring team.

Ken says "My basic philosophies in photography are:
an image should always say something to the viewer,
technicalities are important, but not at the expense of meaning and emotion,
photography should be exciting, challenging, questioning and a pleasure, and
we should enjoy sharing our experience, expertise and love of photography with others"


Ken's website is

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Alan Cameron LRPS




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