Except, of course in my normal status of being "the only one in step", I've never been much of a fan. I don't like many of the images. In the early days when my wife and I went to the Private View we would observe a hundred or so aficiandos chatting away to each other largely ignoring the prints themselves.
Nonetheless some people find merit in this exhibition. Occasionally I too find images I like.
I had low expectations of this year's event, before I was told some astounding news.
It is that Quentin Ball, who is one of the finest photographers I know, who has had solo exhibitions in London in the past year which I have actually attended, has not had any photos selected for the exhibition.
Now let's be fair. I'm going to reserve final judgement until I see the show for myself. However in order for me to predict an outcome, I have to put a peg in the ground.
This is it. How do you turn down a highlight like QB?
Dick Rowe is (in)famous for being the man who turned down The Beatles, with the statement: "Guitar groups are on their way out, Mr. Epstein".
Oh dear - I get the feeling that history is about to repeat itself.