Every one knows how successful the Congress has been up to this time. The bond of unity which it has brought about between the state societies alone would make it a success.

The hope and aim is that we will be able to gather the rest of the societies under this one fold, so that more efficient work may be done for the improvement of photography.

We started out simply as an auxiliary, or ways and means committee, to the National. That was a good start, but to-day a new work appears for the Congress.

I am thoroughly won over to the idea that the division of the work for the photographers of America should be separated thusly: the educational, including lectures and entertainment features, to the National. Business and politics, to the state organizations.

In other words, the school of photography, demonstrations, and all entertainments should be conducted in open convention. The Congress should decide on the politics, the place of meeting, the selection and election of officers and all the business to be transacted for the Association.

The condition that now exists in the Congress makes it unfair for those states which are not members of the Congress. After careful consideration, therefore, and consultation with the officers of the various state societies (and, by the way, I have attended nearly every state convention that has met this year, so far), I believe the best way to get a fair representation is to do away with the per capita tax.

Let every state be represented by two photographers who will be considered members of the Congress. That is, let the Congress be the senate of the American photographers.

Where there are two state societies, as is the case in Ohio and Michigan, let each society send one delegate. In this way we would get a fair representation, for it would cost nothing to become a member of the Congress, and a state would have no excuse for not joining.

Each state, whether on the Atlantic or Pacific coast, farthest north or farthest south, would only have to select some one from their state attending the National, and he could be designated as their delegate.

These men would come as the representatives from state photographers, duly instructed no doubt, to thrash out questions of importance to the profession, and to work and vote for whatever is for the best interests of the National Association.

To illustrate how much good would come from such a plan: I have found three different states instructing their delegates to go to the Congress this year and work for a plan to draw a perpendicular line through the United States running north and south, dividing the east and the west, to insist that the National Association conventions must alternate each year on both sides of that line.

From An Artura Iris Print By Melvin H. Sykes Chicago, Ill.

From An Artura Iris Print By Melvin H. Sykes Chicago, Ill.

From An Artura Iris Print By Melvin H. Sykes Chicago, Ill.

From An Artura Iris Print By Melvin H. Sykes Chicago, Ill.

When I suggested the foregoing plan at the various state conventions I was surprised to note that the majority were heartily in favor of it. I firmly believe if you would put your organization on the state basis representation, all business to be handled in the Congress, leaving to the open convention, instructions and demonstrations of all art and science subjects, as well as entertainments, the results would be doubled even the first year.

G. W. Harris,

Pres. P. A. of A.