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DID YOU KNOW… Hugo van Wadenoyen,

photographer, was one of the founder members of the Club in 1917. In the early 1930s he moved from Cardiff and set up his studio in Cheltenham. Born in 1892 Hugo was a photographer of Dutch origins and was an influential figure in the long drawn-out genesis of British fine art photography, especially in the 1945-1965 years when photography was not considered to be an art form. He led the “Combined Services”; a progressive group of local photographic societies that, in 1945, broke away from the moribund Photographic Society. He undertook a series of instructional books on photography, published by the Focal Press. His Wayside Snapshots (1947) marked a decisive British break with Pictorialism in photography, was a brave attempt to use the book format as a means of showing a photographer’s personal pictures. Some of the book’s fresh approaches to landscape strongly influenced Raymond Moore. Hugo was also a mentor to Roger Mayne, involving Roger in the Combined Societies group exhibitions between 1951 and 1955. He died in March 1959 in Cheltenham aged 66.

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