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    The Camera Club welcomes photographers of all levels, formats and subjects.

  • Contact Us

    16 Bowden Street
    London
    SE11 4DS
    Map & Directions
    Tel: 020 7587 1809

  • Opening Hours

    Our regular opening hours are:
    Mon - Fri 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Sat - Sun 10:00am - 6:00pm

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FAQ

What are the opening hours of The Camera Club?
Where are you located / how do I get there / can I park there?

Please see the Contact page for opening hours, address, map, parking info and directions.

How can I become a Member / how much does it cost?

See our Membership page for rates and information about becoming a member. If you have read this and are ready to sign up, you can fill in our online membership form.

I’d like to look around the Club before I decide to join. How can I do this?

You don’t need an appointment; prospective members are welcome to come to the Club whenever we are open. If the facilities are not being used when you come, the steward who works on the front desk can show you around. If you would like to see a particular facility, you may want to phone the Club before coming, to ensure that the facility is empty when you plan to visit. The best time to come is usually during the day on weekdays, as evenings and weekends are the Club’s busy times.

You can also come along to one of our Club Nights. These are informal evening talks and social events, that anyone is welcome to attend. Check the Club Calendar for upcoming Club Night events.

Can I use the facilities as soon as I join the Club?

All new members must complete an Accreditation for each facility you wish to use before you can book it.

What is Accreditation?

Because different Clubs/facilities have different equipment and rules, Accreditation is a short session run by an experienced member and/or Committee member who will show you how to operate The Camera Club’s specific equipment setup. Accreditation is NOT a detailed training course, and it is not a test. Find out more about Accreditation

What are the hire charges for studios / darkroom / digital suite?

Prices are listed on the Price page of this website.

What happens if I need to cancel a booking?

You may be required to pay some or all of your booking fee, depending on when you cancel:

  • More than 7 days before booking = No fee
  • 7 to 4 days before booking date = 50% cancellation charge
  • 0 to 3 days to date of booking = 100% cancellation charge

Bookings cannot be cancelled or booked by e-mail. You must phone the Club to book or cancel.

Do I have to book in advance, or can I just turn up to use the facilities or go on a workshop?

Bookings for workshops, events, studios, darkrooms and digital suite must be made in advance. Please phone the Club to check availability. Members are welcome to come to the Gallery space at any time during opening hours.

I have heard there are lockers available – how can I rent one?

Currently all lockers are rented out, and there is a waiting list for lockers. The rates for locker hire are £30 per year for small lockers, £60 per year for large lockers.

Can I hire/rent photography equipment from the Club?

No, sorry.

Can I use the facilities if I am not a Member?

No, sorry. This also includes Assistants: anyone assisting a Member must also be a Member of the Club, too. The reason for this is because we need to ensure that anyone handling any of the expensive photographic equipment in the Club has been Accredited to use it. This is because of our insurance policy.

Can I come on a workshop just to try it out before joining?

You may be able to attend an event through our Day Membership scheme. You can also attend a Club Night event. These events are free, open to all, and a great way to meet other members and get a feel for the Club. Check the Club Calendar for dates of upcoming Club Night events.

Who runs The Camera Club?

The Camera Club is a membership only organisation that is run entirely by volunteers from within the membership. You can find out more about the Club’s structure and our team of dedicated volunteers here. Because there are no paid employees, we are able to offer exceptionally reasonable prices.

What if my question isn’t answered on this website?

Feel free to ring the Club on 0207 587 1809 and the Steward on duty will try to answer your queries.