GAMMA was formed at the instigation of Wilf Hall in 1981 when he invited a group of photographers to his home who he felt would share his objectives of providing an organisation which would encourage photographers to extend themselves beyond their comfort zones. He wanted something more than the average photographic club could provide. Wilf drove the group along and did most of the work although Bill Johnson became his deputy chairman.
Initial meetings were held at Wilf’s home with his wife Elizabeth providing tea and scones for those attending. GAMMA 1 was a one day event held at the Cairn Hotel in Harrogate on 25 April 1982 and featured Terry Fincher and an emerging but largely unknown Martin Parr.
Regular meetings moved to Knaresborough Town Hall where people such as Les McLean, Arnold Hubbard, Geoff Stevenson and Bert Snell would make a 200 miles round trip to attend. At this time Dot Johnson took over the task of providing the tea and scones and continued to do so for many years.
The subscription was £25 which was high for the time but allowed top quality speakers to be engaged for a full day, a practice which still continues, although the subscription is now much higher.
In 1995 meetings moved to the Design Exchange in Bradford, followed by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, the Business Centre in Bradford and eventually returned to our present venue of the National Media Museum in Bradford.