Texas Photographic Society

A member-supported non-profit, TPS is devoted to the enrichment of photographic engagement through various forms of broad community outreach

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.

 

 

Ann T. Shaw, Executive Director

Emerging from a background in fine art, Ann has established a career in executive management, working for various craft and photography-based institutions over the past 25 years. Planning and implementing programs that promote the mission and values of TPS, Ann manages all volunteers and contract staff, as well as overseeing fundraising efforts for the company.

Steve Goff, Board President

Professor, and Odessa College program head of photography since 1984, Steve is a distinguished academic – and former recipient of the OC Honors ‘Educator of the Year’ award (2017). Working closely with the executive director, Steve enacts various TPS programs, supports fellow board members, and builds relationships within the photographic community.

Chris Ireland, Board Secretary

Based in Fort Worth, Chris is an experienced photographer and educator, and associate professor at Tarleton State University. Chris currently manages the society’s social media accounts, as well as lending his graphic design expertise to various company projects and initiatives.