Please Note: Our annual dues have increased from $35 to $40 (for those receiving a digital copy of The Photogram) and $50 (for those receiving a printed first class mailed copy of The Photogram). $20 student dues remain the same. All renewing members, even those already paid for 2024 are required to fill out the online membership renewal form under the Membership heading (click on Join or Renew). This will ensure the accuracy of our membership records. Note: anyone who renewed before 17 November 2023 does not have to make any adjustment in the amount paid.
Michigan Photographic Historical Society
MiPHS is dedicated to advancing an understanding and appreciation of the history of photography through membership meetings, special events, publications, and shared endeavors with other organizations and the general public.
Receive our quarterly full-color publication,
The Photogram, full of informative articles, providing a conduit for those doing research. Members have full access to past issues.
Annual Photographica Show & Sale.
In-person or Zoom Annual Meeting with a prominent featured speaker.
Access to our Members Directory to connect with fellow enthusiasts.
Networking opportunities with nationally recognized, knowledgeable people.
Attend friendly, informative monthly luncheons, with Show & Tell discussions.
Annual Photographica Show & Sale
Informative monthly drop-in gatherings and periodic presentations supporting interests in past, present and future photographic pursuits
Outreach initiative to high school and college educators
Field trips and behind-the-scenes tours
Michigan Photographic Historical Society grew out of a hasty organizational meeting at the
May 1972 Ohio Camera Collectors Society show as the result of a discussion about a national organization of photographic collectors. The MiPHS organizing group pointed out a need for
a formal organization and more members. That meeting occurred on June 24, 1972.
At this meeting, the basic aims and activities were discussed and officers were elected.
The Photogram was established as the chronicle of the organization at the first annual meeting
in June, 1973. The MiPHS was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Michigan on October 23, 1973. It received IRS 501(c)(3) status on March 10, 1978. The MiPHS endeavors to build partnerships with other organizations and institutions with parallel missions. Please see our "Partnership" section to read more.