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IVAN P.W. McLELLAN Hon FNZPPA

  • 1962 OCTOBER Purchased Thorpe Studios from Elga Hinton who had owned the Studio since the 30's.
  • In those days we use 6x4 B&W sheet film in the camera below with tungsten light for portraits & Studio weddings, used Leicas and carried heavy flash units for candids. 

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  • 1963 MARCH Was accepted as a member of NZPPA
  • 1964 OCTOBER Accepted as member of Professional Photographers of America
  • 1965 MARCH Elected Secretary of Auckland region NZPPA
  • 1966 MARCH Elected Chairman of Auckland region NZPPA
  • JUNE Organized and ran a portrait seminar on with Barry Woods FNZPPA in Auckland
  • OCTOBER Installed first color processing plant.
  • 1967 MARCH Re elected Auckland region Chairman NZPPA
  • JUNE Organized education seminar Barry Woods FNZPPA in Auckland
  • AUGUST Responsible for organizing NZPPA National Convention Rotorua
  • 1968 MARCH Re-elected Chairman Auckland region NZPPA
  • MAY Organized three seminars throughout New Zealand on heavy oil coloring with Viva Fay Lefter CR Photoq from Spingfield Missouri U.S.A.
  • AUGUST Elected Educational Director for New Zealand Prof. Photographers
  • OCTOBER Attended Photokina and visited Studios in fourteen countries round the world
  • 1969 MARCH  Re-elected Chairman Auckland region NZPPA
  • JUNE Organized Portrait seminar for Phi I Jauncey FNZPPA.
  • AUGUST Arranged for Virginia Stern CR Photog to lecture at NZPPA
  • Conference In Napier and afterwards to run two seminars
  • Re-elected Educational Director NZPPA
  • 1970 JUNE Organized National Wedding seminar in New Plymouth
  • AUGUST Re-elected Educational Director NZPPA
  • SEPTEMBER Organized commercial course in Palmerston North with Guy Mannering FNZPA
  • OCTOBER Organized portrait seminar in Auckland with Greg Royle FNZPPA
  • 1971 JUNE Organized portrait seminar in Auckland with Barry Woods FNZPPA
  • AUGUST Re-elected education director for NZPPA
  • OCTOBER Undertook a study tour of America visiting twenty one Studios in fourteen cities
  • NOVEMBER First two full color wedding completed and five more booked making my Studio the first in New Zealand to be actively promoting full color weddings
  • 1972 JUNE Organized education seminar in Auckland on Portraiture with Greg Royle FNZPPA
  • JULY Article published in PP of A magazine
  • AUGUST Re-elected Education Director for NZPPA
  • SEPTEMBER Completed training with color printing with Nord CPS school
  • Attended Winona with Monte Zucker M.Photog Cr. 
  • Attended St Louis School of Candid Photography with Bill Stockwell
  • NOVEMBER Ordered a complete color plant from Nord
  • 1973 JUNE Became a qualified member - Portrait and General group NZPPA
  • JULY Elected member of the qualification board of five for awarded the Q certificates remaining on the hoard until 1985
  • Organized educational seminar on Commercial with Guy Mannering FNZPPA
  • AUGUST Re-elected Educational Director for NZPPA
  • Elected Junior Vice President NZPPA
  • 1974 MAY Organized Dick Atamian M Photog CR to be highline speaker at NZPPA National Convention and afterwards to run two seminars
  • JUNE Organized portrait seminar with Barry Woods FNZPPA in Auckland
  • AUGUST Attended PP of A convention Los Angeles
  • Attended NZPPA conference in Christchurch supervised the running of the seminars by Dick Atamian M Photog Cr.
  • Elected to the position of Senior Vice President NZPPA
  • OCTOBER Organized and supervised the running of a wedding seminar with Monte Zucker M Photog Cr.
  • 1975 JANUARY Opened Chromatek Color Laboratories
  • FEBRUARY Organized and supervised three portrait seminars with Joyce Wilson M. Photog Cr.
  • APRIL Attended PMA Chicago
  • MAY Became a foundation member of WIP
  • Organized Jason Hailey M Photog FASP as keynote speaker for NZPPA National Convention in Wanganui,  Organized Elma Evans Ph.A.L to do program at NZPPA National Convention followed by two seminars
  • AUGUST Elected President NZPPA and ran two oil color seminars with Alma Evans Ph.A. L.
  • SEPTEMBER Attended Australia National Convention "Hypo '75" in Canberra Australia
  • 1976 MARCH Attended a National Convention in Australia
  • APRIL Organized Phillip Charis M Photog Cr. FASP as the key note speaker for the NZPPA National Convention in Wellington.
  • JULY Lead a tour of fifteen New Zealand Photographers on a fact finding tour of Studios across America, finishing up at PP of A Washington
  • AUGUST Presided over a National Convention as President and hosted Phillip Charis FASP, M Photog Cr.
  • SEPTEMBER Gave seminar on how to enter the School Photographic Business
  • NOVEMBER Organized seminar on Better Business Management with myself and two others as speakers.
  • 1977 FEBRUARY Attended APCL convention. Visited with Kodak in Rochester
  • MARCH Ran seminar with Al Gilbert M Photog Cr. of Toronto Canada and John Pforr MIP of Brisbane Australia with sixty people
  • JUNE Organized seminar with Ian Hawthorne from Geelong Australia in Wellington
  • Ran seminar with Jack Curtis from Santa Monica California
  • Wrote costing article for New Zealand Studio's
  • Organized Bill McIntosh M Photog Cr. for our National Convention.
  • AUGUST Attended National Convention and hosted Bill McIntosh M Photog Cr.
  • OCTOBER Organized three seminars in New Zealand for Lisle Ramsey Cr. Photog of St Louis Missouri.
  • Sold Thorpe Studio to its new owner
  • 1978 JANUARY Attended Western States convention in California
  • FEBRUARY Attended North Carolina convention in Raleigh North Carolina
  • Attended PMA trade show and Convention
  • Attended in Chicago APCL convention in Las Vegas
  • MARCH Organized seminar with Lisle Ramsey Cr. Photog in three different locations throughout New Zealand
  • APRIL Attended a managerial seminar Organized and ran a seminar featuring Rocky Gunn M Photog Cr.
  • MAY Was speaker on Business Management to the Seattle P.P.A.
  • AUGUST Attended NZ National Photographers Convention
  • Attended a computer seminar in Seattle Washington
  • Attended Longbeach P.P.A convention at Long Beach
  • Undertook a work study at Sirlin Studio Sacramento
  • Undertook a work study at Markow Studios Phoenix
  • Undertook a work study at Charis Studios Pasadena
  • Undertook a work study at Color Rich Color Labs San Diego
  • OCTOBER Organized and ran a portrait seminar featuring Joyce Wilson M Photog Cr. in three different locations
  • DECEMBER Organized a bridal seminar in Taupo New Zealand
  • 1979 JANUARY Studied staff relations with Rollie Waters, Texas
  • Did seminar with D Feltner Cr. Photog on photography of teenagers
  • Did work studies at Hallmark Color Lab in Connecticut Hallmark College of Photography, Connecticut,  Fine Art Color tabs New York City
  • Attended APCL convention Atlanta Studied with Veronica Cass school of retouching Tampa Florida
  • FEBRUARY Organized seminar with Veronica Cass on negative and print retouching in Pukekohe and Christchurch N.Z.
  • MARCH Organized and supervised a seminar on family group photography featuring Richard Wallace
  • APRIL Gave a travel award to a New Zealand Photographer to study in Australia
  • SEPTEMBER Attended Photina - '79 National Convention in Australia
  • OCTOBER Granted Associate standing at the Institute of Management New Zealand
  • 1980 JANUARY Attended Rocky Mountain convention Denver Colorado
  • Attended APCL convention in Las Vegas
  • Visit with the Keens in San Diego
  • Gave a Travel Award for the Champion Wedding Portrait to a Photographer to visit America
  • MARCH Organized and ran a seminar with Don  Feltner of Denver and Bud Reese of Omaha Nebraska
  • JUNE Organized Don Blair M.Photg Cr. to be key note speaker at NZPPA National Convention in Christchurch
  • AUGUST Attended National Convention in Christchurch and hosted Don Blair M Photog.
  • Was awarded "Order of the Garter" for service to New Zealand Photographers
  • Attended APCL Southern Regional Convention in Atlanta Georgia Attended PP of A National Convention in Atlanta Georgia
  • Did a work study visit to Silvano Color Labs - Toronto Visited with Al Gilbert - Toronto to see his new trends in Portraiture
  • Work study of AC Color Laboratories Cleveland Ohio
  • Visit with Bud Reese and Donald Jack in Omaha Nebraska seeking new trends in portraiture
  • SEPTEMBER Organized and supervised three seminars with Lisle Ramsey from St Louis Missouri

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  • 1981 JANUARY Attended APCL convention in Florida
  • S.E.P.P.A.Southern Regional Convention in Atlanta
  • Attended Rocky Mountain convention in Denver Colorado
  • Attended a computer seminar in Austin Texas
  • Did work study visit with Primary Color Laboratories New Orleans
  • FEBRUARY Organized and ran Air Brush Seminar featuring Henry Van Westrop M Photog Cr. from Chicago
  • Organized and ran a seminar with Leon Kennamer M Photog Cr. from GuntersviIle Alabama and Ian Howell from Victoria Australia.
  • Gave a travel award for Champion print to a Photographer to visit America
  • MARCH Attended North Carolina Convention in North Carolina
  • Attended WPI convention in Las Vegas
  • JULY Attended PP of A Convention in St Louis Attended Photographic's '81
  • National Convention in Australia
  • AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA
  • OCTOBER Organized and ran Portraiture for the '80's featuring Patsy Hodge M Photog Cr., Elen Bak M Photog Cr., Evelyn Langeman Cr. Photog.
  • 1982 FEBRUARY Attended APCL Business Management Seminar and conference
  • Attended Rocky Mountain Convention Denver
  • Studied further with Don Feltner Cr. Photog on marketing
  • Attended an advanced software training in Austin Texas
  • Attended PMA convention Las Vegas
  • MARCH Organized and ran a retouching print seminar featuring Jane Conners of the Veronica Cass School of Retouching Florida
  • APRIL  Organized and ran a Air Brush Seminar featuring Henry Van Westrop M Photog Cr. from Chicago
  • AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA
  • OCTOBER Organized seminar with Joyce Wilson M Photog Cr. Indianapolis
  • Moved into a new Color Laboratory
  • Had article on Business Management published in NZPPA Magazine Close Up
  • 1983 JANUARY Organized a seminar featuring Donald Jack M Photog Cr. from Omaha Nebraska
  • Gave away a travel award to America to champion Family Group Portrait Went on tour of America visiting Labs and Studios
  • Attended APCL convention in San Francisco
  • Attended PP of A Indiana Indianapolis
  • Attended South Regional Convention in Atlanta
  • Visited with Leon Kennmar M Photog Cr. in his Studio in GuntersviIle Visited with Veronica Cass School of Retouching Florida
  • Attended Sales Conference in the Charis Studios in Pasadena
  • MARCH Organized and ran seminar with Lisle Ramsey Cr. Photog from St Louis Missouri, Tom and Etta McCathry from Paducah, Kentucky
  • Organized seminar on transproofs with Jack Peterson Cr. Photog in two different centers in N.Z.
  • MAY Organized and ran a seminar with Van Moore M Photog Cr. Greenville, South Carolina
  • JULY Attended PP of A convention in Dallas
  • Visited with Bill Worline M Photog Cr. in Chicago,
  • Dick Atamian M Photog Cr. at the Brooks Institute
  • AUGUST Attended NZPPA National convention Received the Gold Award for outstanding service to NZPPA
  • 1984 JANUARY Bought Jane Conners into New Zealand for five months to set up an Art Department and run seminars.
  • Organized and ran a seminar featuring Bill Worline, M Photog Cr. from Chicago on how to photograph groups
  • MARCH Organized and ran a Business Management Seminar featuring Evelyn Langeman from the Lisle Ramsey Organization in St Louis U.S.A.
  • Attended PMA convention in Las Vegas
  • Invited guests to Camera Craftsman meeting in Washington U.S.A.
  • Attended PP of Virginia Convention at Virginia Beach U.S.A.
  • Studied with Van Moore in Greenville in South Carolina U.S.A.
  • JUNE Attended PP of A Convention in Atlantic City U.S.A.
  • Did a Studio update with Joyce Wilson
  • Did an intensive of study Burrell Color Lab of Indiana
  • Did a study on computers in three Labs in the Pacific North West
  • JUNE Organized Joe Butts from San Diego as keyline speaker for NZPPA Convention
  • AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA hosting Joe Butts
  • Organized a seminar featuring Joe Butts on Wedding Photography
  • OCTOBER Organized a commercial seminar in three cities featuring Dick Atamian FASP M Photog Cr., Brooks Institute
  • 1985 JANUARY Organized a seminar featuring Tibor Horvath M Photog Cr. from Canada Ian Hawthorne from Geelong Australia and Linda Lapp M Photog Cr. from Portland Oregon U.S.A.
  • MAY Awarded by the International Professional Photographers Guild an Award for Service to New Zealand professional Photographers
  • Organized a seminar Evelyn Langeman Cr. Photog Seminar in three centers throughout New Zealand
  • JUNE Presented to NZPPA a set of print judging machines
  • AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA
  • Appointed Historian NZPPA
  • Ran a seminar with Veronica Cass from Veronica Cass School of Retouching Florida on negative retouching
  • SEPTEMBER Organized two seminars with Dixie Lavel M Photog Cr. from St Louis Missouri on general print finishing and print enhancement
  • NOVEMBER Visited Winnipeg Color Canada and did an intensive study on how they ran their Lab
  • Was a participant in the Youth Salute Program in St Louis U.S.A.
  • Visited Meizel Color Labs in Atlanta
  • Spent time with Joesph Lust Virginia
  • Attended APL Trade Fair in Birmingham, England
  • Visit with Peter Dyer FBIPP, Desmond Groves FBIPP,  Charles Green BIPP in London
  • 1986 FEBRAURY Organized a seminar with Joesph Lust of Norfork Beach Virginia and Ted Smerchansky Cr. Photog of Winnipeg Canada
  • APRIL Did a tour of England visiting Portrait Fellows throughout the UK
  • JULY Attended PP of A Convention in Los Angeles
  • Visited Photographers in Denmark
  • Visited Photographers in Norway
  • AUGUST Attended NZPPA convention, Awarded Honorary Fellowship for services to NZ photography.
  • OCTOBERI NOV Visited Japan Holland and Scotland, Attended BIPP Convention at Blackpool England
  • 1987 JULY did extensive tour of China visiting 4 different areas with group of about  40 Americans.
  • AUGUST Attended NZPPA Convention showed the resulting images and as a result of the comments did a one man show of 250 images in a exhibition called ""The Faces of China" in  Five city's throughout NZ.
  • 1988 APRIL Traveled back to China by myself to cover four different areas expanding my library of "The Faces Of China"
  • SEPTEMBER  Returned to China to explore areas for my 250, one man Exhibition Called "The Faces of the Silk Road"
  • 1989 MAY  Lead a Group of four Photographers on a Photographic tour of Turkey covering a area described as a large circle of eight with the centre on Ankara and the outside loop round Mt Ararat.  Photographs from this Safari made up my third one man exhibition called "The Faces of Turkey"
  • 1992 OCTOBER  Published "What every bride should know about Professional Photography" a booklet showing Brides what to look for and what they should expect from qualified wedding photographers. This was distributed free throughout NZ.
  • 1992 NOVEMBER Led a invitational group of three to  Nepal to do a documentary coverage of the main areas and the people and their places. The resulting photographs are still waiting for action from the writer.
  • 1993 Sold Chromatek to Kodak
  • 1993 Attended the  PPA Conference Nashville
  • 1993 toured England, Wales, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Germany, and back to England.
  • 1994 Co reorganized of NZPPA to INZPP which in retrospect some major weakness were not addressed resulting, in the writers option, in some of the chaos that followed.
  • 1994 toured Belgian, Germany, Czech Republic, Germany, France, England
  • 1995 Organized National conference for Chromatek with three international speakers
  • 1995 Ran a Costing seminar for a selected group of Photographers
  • 1996 Managed Chromatek for three months while they were looking for a replacement manager. after which I announced that I was retiring from photography
  • 1996  toured England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Germany and back to England.
  • 1996 Shifted to Christchurch
  • 1997 MARCH  Exhibition of Faces of Turkey in Sumner
  • Joined Christchurch Photographic Society and was asked to serve on the committee orgisioning the 1999 PSNZ Convention in Christchurch.
  • DECEMBER Right knee replaced with a titanium replacement.
  • 1998 MARCH Open a Mini Lab to fill up one of the empty shops that I had purchased. Fount it interesting printing photos for ordinary people showing them what was possible from their negatives. Enjoyed building up a small business to a degree where it would support a full time staff by Nov.
  • DECEMBER  Had the Right knee replaced, now can walk again and ready for travel.
  • 1999 APRIL Started learning Visual Basic 6 programming language to write software in my spare time.
  • JUNE Decided to publish a web page so started to learn "Front Page"
  • AUGUST Published a compressive Photographic web page.
  • 2000 OCT as four of the shops are now rented it was time to close down the Mini Lab. It was a interesting experience and it made him aware of just how few people have their photographs taken by a professional.
  • 2001 toured thro Rajasthan and Cuba
  • 2002 toured thro USA Mexico France Russia Malta & Paris, UK and Scotland
  • 2003 toured thro Ukraine, Crimea, London, London to Crete, Around Crete by car, Santorini Syros Crete, Helsinki NZ Poland, Gdansk Poland, St Petersburg,
    Moscow, Vietnam, Hanoi, Hue - Siagon, Siagon area
  • 2004 toured thro Singapore, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt,
    Auschwitz, Around Poland, Warsaw, Romania, Bulgaria,
    Crimea
  • 2005 toured thro France, Germany, Holland
  • 2006 toured thro Germany, England, Denmark,
    Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia
  • 2007 toured thro Holland,Italy, France,Spain, Portugal
    Up thro England to Orkney, thro Skye down to Wales
  • 2008 toured thro Holland, Thro Europe, Hungary, thro Scandinavian to Murmask, Moscow, Ukraine & Chernobyl
  • 2009 toured thro Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Czech Rep, on thro Germany, France, south of England back to Holland
  • 2010 from Holland through Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and back to Holland.
  • 2011 from Holland through Germany to Switzerland, Spain, Morocco, back to Spain, France, England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and back to Holland.
  • 2012 from Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China,, Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and back to Holland
  • 2013  from Holland through Germany to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and back to Holland
  • 2014  from Tucson Arizona on route 66 to Chicago, Minneapolis, Thunder Bay Canada, Across dirt to Calgary, up thro Dawson city to Fairbanks Alaska, Anchorage, back down through Vancouver, Oregon, California to Tucson Arizona.
  • 2015  from Phoenix Arizona, up the Californian coast to Seattle, across Washington Monte Carlo Wyoming South Dakota to Minneapolis, on thro Chicago Michigan to Niagara Falls, up over the great Lakes through Wisconsin to Minneapolis, down to Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and back to Tucson.

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