Georgia Procter-Gregg FRPS (1910-1991)

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Georgia Procter-Gregg FRPS

For the first fifty years or so of her life Georgia Procter-Gregg's interest in photography was confined to recording holidays and taking pictures of the countryside - in fact photography was just one of many hobbies she enjoyed at that time.

Moving to Leamington Spa in the early 1960's she joined the Royal Photographic Society and the Lockheed and Leamington Photographic Society; enrolled as a student for evening classes in photography, and devoted every possible minute to her hobby. An introduction to the Bromoil Circle Postal Club followed and in due course she received an invitation to join the ARPS Portfolio, The Postal Camera Club, the Zodiac Camera Club and, briefly, until it was disbanded, one of the Anglo-American Portfolios. It was a wonderful time for Georgia, making even more new friends, receiving an unbelievable amount of help and advice, looking at and commenting upon all sorts of photography and working hard to produce her own bromides and bromoils for the many portfolios and open exhibitions she supported.

Her first acceptance was a bromoil portrait in the 1964 RPS International but she was soon sending to exhibitions all over the world and achieving a very encouraging acceptance rate. She gained her Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1965 and Fellowship in 1968 with panels of bromoils in each case. There followed a hectic period of lecturing, demonstrating and serving on judging panels all over the country, although being basically rather shy she really preferred to spend time producing new work of her own. Nevertheless, she did rather enjoy these occasions and met a lot of very friendly people.

Unfortunately, a retinal haemorrhage brought this happy state of affairs to a sudden stop and forced Georgia to give up most of her portfolio work, as darkroom activities became very difficult. Whilst a gradual improvement to her sight did take place she never really got back into her stride but she was able to continue with her exhibition work to a limited extent. However, further health problems occurred which made the physical effort of producing bromoils or even the handling of bromide prints an impossibility.

The development of Georgia Procter-Gregg's Gelabrome process is a masterpiece in itself of experimentation, hard work and much enterprise.

The Royal Photographic Society has a number of Georgia Procter-Gregg's Bromoils in their permanent collection, a living memory of some very beautiful work.

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