The Gateway Photographers of Staten Island was originally founded in 1990 under the name of "The Gateway Camera Club of Staten Island". We are members of The Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC).
The club was founded by a group of talented photographers who had new and exciting ideas on how a camera club should be run using a structured and organized forum for all amateur photographers. This visionary group of photographers included Maria DaRocha who was our first President, Betty Groskin, Ray and Marian Williams, Al Rehorn and Manny Trachman, as well as others. In total there were 19 original members who joined together to form Gateway.
As with all organizations, to remain successful and flourish, changes are needed to keep pace with trends and it's membership needs. For example the use of darkrooms, black & white film and color slides have all become less popular since the introduction of digital photography.
As a club, we provide for the needs of all members; and in doing so, we currently include all formats and photographic processes that are still available for the creative mind. Many changes have taken place over the years to insure that the club's integrity and commitment to the art maintains it's highest level possible. This will insure that Gateway remains the finest, most respected and talented club around and we will strive to continue to do so.