The National Convention, as the annual meeting of the P. A. of A. is now called, has become such a permanent institution that it would seem very little that is new could be said about it.

However, each succeeding Convention has its special features and problems due to the change of location and continual progress. New blood brings new ideas and fresh enthusiasm, and each year the officers strain every nerve to make their Convention "the very best ever."

While it is difficult to imagine anything new that could be offered in the way of instruction or amusements, still each year sees some new feature that compels attention and attendance.

This year, when the school of photography, conducted by leading men of the country, has lost some of its attraction and freshness through repetition, we find that President C. W. Harris has had something up his sleeve, and has shaken this something out in the person of the widely known Rudolph Duhrkoop of Berlin.

Internationally known, we might say, Mr. Duhrkoop has been more assiduously advertised by photographic publications on both sides of the water than any other man of his age.

From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

A great many will remember the interesting looking German who visited a number of our American studios during the St. Louis Exposition and who expressed himself so quaintly at the National Convention of that year.

He was a big man in German photographic life even at that time and since then has added to his reputation, so it does not seem unreasonable to call him over from his Berlin Studio to show our American photographers just how he accomplishes his vivid depictions of men, women and children.

Mr. Duhrkoop will, of course, be the big drawing card of the Convention this year in St. Paul, but after all, he will be only one of a number of features. A National Convention must appeal to many interests. Its scope is so broad that it must be handled in a broad manner and this has led to the Congress of Photography, consisting of delegates from nearly all of the State societies. This Congress is a feature every one will follow with interest.

There will be lectures by such able men as William H. Rau, of Philadelphia, well known as the proprietor of one of the largest establishments in the world, devoted to the photographing of everything under the sun. Mr. Rau's work has called him to the four corners of the world and his illustrated talk on Commercial Photography is bound to be of interest to all photographers.

Another lecture will be devoted to art problems that confront the portrait maker in his every day life, and here again will be a man of international reputation.

Still another talk will consider the perplexities of advertising. This is one of the most important and valuable helps to any business, and yet is sadly neglected by the photographic profession. This also will be an illustrated talk.

The Federation of Women Photographers, under the able guidance of Miss Mary Carnell, is planning to repeat its Milwaukee success. It will have its own particular lecture (though open to all) and its own exhibit of pictures. Our women photographers will find that they take an important position in the minds of all Convention men.

The National Exhibit is the one exhibition of the year that every one who can possibly spare the time and who is not absolutely too modest, prepares for. It is the one place where, if there is anything new in picturedom, we expect to find it. The National Exhibit has been responsible for many changes of style, for many schools of expression. Possibly this year may bring out something new again. Who knows? But it certainly is a good place to show just how you have progressed during the past year and you are unwise if you fail to avail yourself of the opportunity offered to compare your work with that of others. As usual, there will be no prizes offered.

From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

The amusement features will be no small part of this year's program and they are in excellent hands. Though the plans have not been divulged, the local committee of St. Paul and Minneapolis photographers have raised a goodly sum and have many surprises up their sleeves.

The National Convention is fast becoming the guiding body for all photographic affairs of more than local importance and is a means of instruction that cannot be equaled by any State Convention. It will certainly be worth while to spend that July week in St. Paul, for a more beautiful country is hard to imagine, but taking the broader view point of the Convention as an investment in which there can be no losses, it is a poor business man who will not take a chance on a "sure thing."

Dues in the P. A. of A. are now payable to the treasurer, L. A. Dozer, Bucyrus, Ohio, and membership buttons for 1911 are ready for distribution. They are entirely different from any used in previous years. With membership button and receipt, will be mailed an identification button with number corresponding with the number of your receipt. At the Convention, lists of members with their numbers will be distributed, and if identification buttons are worn conspicuously, no introductions will be necessary.

Hotels In St. Paul

The Saint Paul (headquarters), European plan, $2.50 per day and upward.

Ryan Hotel, European plan, $1.00 per day and upward.

Merchants Hotel, European plan, $1.00 to $2.00; with bath, $1.50 to $2.50.

Hotel Jewell, $1.00 to $2.50.

The Frederic, European plan, $1.00 to $2.50. $1.00 added for second person in room.

Hotel Northern, European plan, 50 cents to $1.50; American plan, $1.50 and upward.

Hotel Foley, European plan, 75 cents to $1.50; American plan, $2.00 and $2.50.

Hotel Euclid, European plan, $3.50 to $12.00 per week.

Hotel Magee (Stag Hotel), European plan, $1.00 to $2.00.

Additional hotels with similar rates in Minneapolis, 10 miles dis-tant, with 10 cent fare trolley service.

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From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

From An Artura Iris Print By Dudley Hoyt New York City.

The Dainty Girl Graduate must be photographed.

The Dainty Girl Graduate must be photographed.

May. Bulletin: The Eastman School Of Professional Photography For 1911

El Paso, Texas...........May 9, 10, 11

Los Angeles, Cal..........May 16, 17, 18

San Francisco, Cal..........May 23, 24, 25

Portland, Ore. . . . .... May 31, June 1, 2

Seattle, Wash.............June 6, 7, 8

Spokane, Wash...........June 13, 14, 15

Butte, Mont.............June 20, 21, 22

Salt Lake City, Utah.........June 27, 28, 29

Denver, Colo..............July 5, 6, 7

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