North Carolina Governor Declares October Photography Month

North Carolina Governor Declares October Photography Month

For the first announcement of its kind in the United States, Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina has declared October 2017 to be Photography Month. For those photographers who live in and are traveling to North Carolina during October, they will have even more reason to bring their cameras and take advantage of the festivals and photo-centric events while they are there.

In the proclamation, the Governor states that "the month of October features many fairs and festivals throughout North Carolina that celebrate the photographic artists and craftspeople of our state […] The State of North Carolina recognizes those photographers who capture diverse communities and landscapes, celebrating and contributing to the dynamic cultural environment of our state.”

The Click! Photography Festival is one of the more unique opportunities to check out and engage during Photography Month in North Carolina. In its sixth year, the festival is a month-long engagement of photography in the triangle area encompassing the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Each of these cities will have its own unique events including photo walks and photography exhibitions during the month.

The Click! Photography Festival also has a more concentrated program this year from October 4-8 called Click! 120 with additional keynotes in each of the cities. With an incredible amount of unique ideas and photography being presented in North Carolina, it may be a great time to take a trip to Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill.

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Elan Govan's picture

Excellent, great news from North Carolina.

Will Thomas's picture

Sweet! Western North Carolina is the place to be in October in North Carolina.

John Horwitz's picture

Mr. Blenker,

Thank you for posting Gov. Cooper's proclamation ~ I would like to put forth a few facts regarding that document.

First, both presidents Reagan and Nixon made proclamations celebrating photography. The celebrations only lasted a week and highlighted the economic contribution rather than the artistic one.

Secondly, while 'Click' is a month long celebration of photography, no one directly associated with the 'Click' event or organization had anything to do with this proclamation.

Third, I alone am responsible for doing the research, making the phone calls, writing and answering emails for a period of four and one half months to see this through.

Fourth, my intent was to honor ALL of the photographers engaged in artistic endeavor.

Fifth, I did indeed plan to have the proclamation coincidental with the 'Click' fest, but not FOR them as the sole beneficiary.

Item Last, I have advised 'Click' to give credit as credit is due.

John Horwitz

Elan Govan's picture

Well said sir. May it continue long after this event

John Horwitz's picture

@Elan Govan: It was unclear from the outset if this would be something that would renew without prompting. It would be delightful if that were so, but, knowing how government usually works that is doubtful.

I would encourage any and all interested in making this proclamation and celebration an annual event to: 1). mark their calendars ( it takes several months to accomplish ) and 2). work with their county representative and the Governors office to make this happen.

Hours of research revealed the exact wording needed for the proclamation, and when presented for approval, not one Wherefore nor semi-colon needed to be changed. Having the above information will no doubt make the second time around much easier.

John Horwitz