Derek (left) and Roy (right).
The Royal Photographic Society has elected Derek Birch ASIS HonFRPS its President for 2013-2015. He takes over from Roy Robertson HonFRPS and is only the sixty-third President since the Society was formed in 1853.
Reflecting The Society’s interests across the art and science of photography Derek’s background is from the science of traditional photography. For 33-years he worked for Kodak Ltd as a research scientist helping to develop products including colour films and papers. He retired in 2006. He has a chemistry degree from Imperial College, is a Chartered Chemist, and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Derek’s personal photography interests lay in the science and technology of imaging, both from an historical perspective up to the latest digital techniques.
Derek joined The Society since 1986 and has been active wthin The Society’s Imaging Science Group. He was Vice-President between 2011-13 and has chaired the Science Committee as well as being a member of the Awards Committee. He has taken a particualr interest in The Society’s fourteen special interest groups.
Derek commented: "I am deeply honoured to have been elected President. The Society has much to offer all photographers as well as supporting all aspects of imaging more widely. During my term as President I would like to build on the work of my predecessors and further enhance the Society’s educational role through online learning and to expand the membership which will allow us to more fully realise our founding aim of promoting photography."
The same election also saw Walter Benzie ARPS elected as Vice President, and new members elected to its Council and Advisory Board.
For more information, take a look at the RPS website