Since 1984, TPS (Texas Photographic Society) has been championing the importance of photographic artistry on an international scale. Their goal is to serve photographers who share a passion for creating, appreciating, and understanding all forms of photo-based media, and provide a platform for artistic expression, dialogue, and innovation in the photographic arts. Providing its membership base and the larger photographic community with a wide selection of engagements, the organization aims to bolster an appreciation for all forms of visual media, offering workshops, mentorship programs, exhibitions, and publications to its followers and the photography domain at large.
Beginning life as an Austin-based co-operative, TPS was originally established as a means of collective, cost-effective film purchasing. Since its foundation, the society has undergone numerous changes – mutating and morphing over the decades, eventually becoming the illustrious organization it is today.
Every year, TPS conducts a multitude of themed and juried exhibitions for photographers of all ages and abilities. A virtual institution without dedicated programming space, dissemination of content is focused exclusively on relationships cultivated with various organizations. Fostering partnerships with academic institutions, museums, non-profit spaces, and galleries, a far-reaching selection of collaborations maintains a consistent and varied output.
Addressing the needs of prospective photographers and up-and-coming creatives, the TPS partnered with Fujifilm recently. Consolidating influence and reach, the connection has proved hugely constructive in its outcomes for the wider photographic community.