The Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers provides a forum for presenting and discussing member’s work in formal and informal settings. Members foster artistic growth through an open dialogue of insightful criticism and feedback. The group will endorse and engage in local and regional photographic exhibitions and activities. We are dedicated to inspiring photographers and promoting photographic art in Nashville, Tennessee.
Current and Past Presidents
2018- Current, Emily Passino
2016-2018, Tom Keller
2012-2016, Kay Ramming
2010-2012, John Brassil
2008-2010, Eric Denton
2004-2008, Wendy Whittemore
The History of SNAP
by Wendy Whittemore, Past SNAP President and Photographer
The informal group of photographers known as SNAP began in 2004.
Initially just a few people met at each other’s homes to show each other our work, including current members Wendy Whittemore, Emily Naff and Carl Lambert.
There was a formal meeting held at the Family Wash with Mark Mosrie, Stacey Irvin, Libby Rowe, Carl Lambert & Wendy Whittemore where we discussed having an informal group for photographers that would concentrate on the creative
aspect of photography, not just the craft.
That is the meeting where we came up with “SNAP – Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers.” Mark, Stacey, Carl & Wendy continued with the idea and invited all the Photographers they knew to a “new type of photography group”. We met initially at the Plowhaus (17th & Fatherland), the name was voted on and stuck. We never had a dues structure since the group was designed to be operated at no cost, and open to any photographer.
In the beginning, it was very informal. About 8-15 people per meeting showed up, most bringing prints to show. It must have been Summer, because I remember sitting in a circle outside at one of the first two meetings because it was so hot inside.
We planned a couple of shows including the first Pushpin Show and the infamous Dirty Santa Print Swap. Over the years, there had been efforts to organize more formally, creating committees, etc. but, because of the organic nature of the group, they just never stuck.
We continued to grow more and more membership, sponsored more “Pushpin” shows, and continued to work with other Nashville art groups like “Untitled”. We also had our own members show work at the Belcourt, Unitarian Church, and a many other spaces around town. We also created a website for the group to showcase members work, and improve communications.
After Plowhaus closed, we moved to the office of Aerial Innovations for our meetings. It was at this time (around 2008) that I stepped down as President, and Eric Denton took the reins for the next two years. We continued to meet in that space until 2010, followed by a time at Dury’s Pro Shop downtown and later on Murfreesboro Road. Most recently we have landed at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association near 100 Oaks, where we currently meet.