This exhibition of photographs by early Scottish
and French photographers are taken from an album believed to have been
compiled by the artist and photographer
a member of the Council of the Photographic
Society of Scotland that was founded in 1857-58.
The exhibition comprises a few photos
hanging on the walls and 126 images are displayed in turn, continuously,
onto a wall (for about tens seconds each) from two projectors.
They are by:
Thomas Keith (1827-95)
53 photos, including the one above of a doorway at
Acheson House (immediately to the east of the Museum of Edinburgh),
Canongate - in Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Octavius Hill (1802-70) and
Robert Adamson (1821-48)
William Walker (1814-85)
- James Good
Donaldson Clark (1816-73)
All the above photographers (and
James Drummond who is believed to have compiled the album) were members if
the Photographic Society of Scotland, except for Hill & Adamson whose
photographic partnership ended in 1847, nine years before the Photographic
Society of Scotland was founded.
The remaining images are 18 by unknown
photographers and one (No 84) which was not displayed because the image in
the album had become too badly faded.
Peter Stubbs: March 16, 2009