On Friday March 17th at the SAPF AGM the Management Committee had the pleasure of honouring Howard Speed for his extraordinary contribution to the SAPF as resident Historian.
Howard has served the SAPF and affiliated clubs in many ways for several decades but has held the role of Historian for over 20 years after being asked by Doug and Barbara Mullins to take care of the Permanent Collection. This comprises slides, prints and digital images as well as photographic equipment.
Howard holds a wealth of knowledge of the history of photography in South Australia and is very proud of the achievements of his home state on the national and international photographic stage. He has written several booklets on various aspects of SA photographic history and still offers talks to our clubs on various historical topics of interest. In his eighties he is still busy interviewing his peers to ensure that their history is not lost.
In 2012 Howard was instrumental in organising the SAPF “Darkroom to Digital” exhibition at the Torrens Parade Grounds – a celebration of 50 years of the SAPF and in recent years he has organised historical displays to accompany the SAPF Annual Exhibition to showcase some of the work of our predecessors.
Howard is not only a tireless worker but also a humble, generous and amiable human being – a true gentleman! The presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation doesn’t mark the end of Howard’s contribution to the SAPF as he is still volunteering his time and energy, however it does mark the moment he steps down from the Management Committee after many years and we thank him for his dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to always go the extra mile.
Thank you Howard – a great colleague and friend!