The Monochrome Guild is an Edmonton-based group of traditional photographers. The group was founded in 2002 by Rob Pohl and other like-minded photographers, who enjoy working with cameras that still require film. The initial concept for the group came about as a result of a frustration with the direction that photography was and is taking. The group embraces traditional monochrome fine art photography as a form of expression and strives to promote it, keeping it alive and well in an increasingly digital world. It has been a slow evolution. Over the past few years the Guild has grown to include a core of active members.
The goals of the group are to promote an interest in traditional monochrome photographic methods and processes, a sharing of information and resources, and to work together to find an audience for our artistic expression. Ultimately we would like to see traditional photography remain alive and well and for it to retain its acceptance as an active and legitimate art form.
The group is quite informal, and presently includes eight members, ranging in age from 30 to 65 years. We are actively soliciting new members with similar interests. We meet four to six times per year to view and critique each others work, and to share our stories and enthusiasm for the medium. We work together on group submissions and gallery shows. We also plan field trips and outings together. Also, we often combine orders for film, chemistry and paper in order to save costs, and meet minimum order requirements.