About US

The Gateway Photographers of Staten Island was originally founded in 1990 under the name of "The Gateway Camera Club of Staten Island".

Our club is a member 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 award winning 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 The Gateway Camera Club of Staten Island.

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. Tips and tricks of the darkrooms have been replaced by tips and tricks of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

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 Photographers of Staten Island remains the finest, most respected and talented club around and we will strive to continue to do so.

Many of our seasoned members are also members of The Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC), as well as Professional Photographers of America (PPA). With these affiliations our members bring a lot of experience to fellow members, enabling them to learn from each other and prosper in the art of photography.

Gateway Photographers of Staten Island continue to believe photography is about the art and the artist, not the medium in which you capture or edit the image.

We are also on Facebook as Gateway Photographers Club of Staten Island.

Current Officers:

Ave Doyle, President - aved @ gatewayphotographers.org

Scott Allen, Vice President

Louise Rossi, Treasurer

Kenneth Cole, Program Director

Matthew Miner, Competition Director

Johnny Chin, Online Technical Manager - johnny @ gatewayphotographers.org