86th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography (PSA2019-055)


Become a WIEP Patron!

The Delaware Photographic Society (DPS) is grateful to all our WIEP Patrons. With your financial support DPS continues to present the annual Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography. DPS was founded in January, 1931 as the Delaware Camera Club to support and promote the art of photography. DPS continues this today as an educational  501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and donations are deductible to the full extent provided by law.

As a patron you will be listed in the official exhibition catalog as well as on this website unless you elect to remain anonymous. The listings will indicate your patronage level as:


                                                                                   Daguerre Level: $5-$19

 Fox Talbot Level: $20-$49

Lumière Level: $50 and above


There are two ways to become a Patron.


Online: Donate online via PayPal using the Donate button below. If you would like to remain anonymous, please indicate this in the special instructions section of your PayPal transaction.





Paper: A paper form can be found by clicking here: Patron Donation Form. Please print and mail your completed form with your payment to Delaware Photographic Society, c/o Jon Massey, 106 Willow Oak Blvd., Bear, DE 19701.

Please mark your check “WIEP Patron.”


2019 WIEP Patrons


Lumière Level

Carole Clarke

Pete Curcio

Margaret Hennes

Patrick Litle

Jon Massey

Bob and Cindy McCaffrey

Mike Parry

Tom Tauber



Fox Talbot Level

  Dianne and Rich Carnegie

Alan Ebner

  Helen and Marvin Gerstein

Donna Haldas

Thomas and Stephanie Hinson

Jeffrey Komins

Dee Langevin

Judith Lesnaw

Mark Lieberman

Esther Steffens

Hermela Teferra

Paul Wilson



Daguerre Level

Susan and John Peter



A Brief History of Photography


In 1827, Joseph Nicephore Niépce made the first permanent photograph with a camera obscura. In 1829, Niépce formed a partnership with Louis Daguerre to perfect the process Niépce had developed. Daguerre announced the Daguerreotype in 1839 and it popularized photography although it was a different process from those that followed (silver on a copper plate).


John Herschel discovered the first effective photograph fixer and informed Henry Fox Talbot and Daguerre of his discovery. Fox Talbot invented the first glass negative from which multiple positive prints were made. In 1841, Fox Talbot announced the Calotype process which is essentially the same negative-positive process used to this day for black and white photographs using conventional film and printed on a paper substrate.


In 1861, James Clerk Maxwell took the first color photograph but it was not until 1907 that brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière launched the Autochrome process which was the first fully practical color plate.


Finally, zoom up to 1969 when Willard Boyle and George Smith at Bell Labs developed the CCD (Charge Couple Device) which is the basis of digital photography. For this they were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics.


         Brief Rest by Helen Gerstein  (2019 PSA Gold Medal (Best in Show) - Print Small Color)






                This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

Photographic Society of America

Contact Information


WIEP Chairman:

Larry Hinson, CWIEP

PO Box 4292

Greenville, DE 19807-9998




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