Amateur Photographic Association
re-named (probably around 1930)
Leith Amateur Photographic Association was
established ion 30 August 1888.
After several changes of address, it moved to
6 Charlotte Street, Leith, in 1906 and was still at this address over 30
years later. The premises had a large lecture room, darkroom and
enlarging room. The Society reported:
is also a drymounting press in whose possession the members are justly proud
as they understand there is only on e other club in Scotland can boast of
having such a labour saving piece of apparatus."
In its early days Leith Amateur Photographic
Association had a membership of around 50 and, like EPS, an annual
subscription of five shillings. By 1937, the annual subscription had
risen to 7/6d
LAPA affiliation to
Scottish Photographic Federation
Photographic Federation Salons were an important part of Leith Amateur
Photographic Association's activities
in the early 1900s.
affiliated to SPF in 1907. They were awarded a shield by SPF for the best set of slides
from a Scottish Club in 1935-36.
The information above has been taken from notes
prepared for an Exhibition of 65 photographs by LAPA members, held in the
Art Library, Central Library, Edinburgh. This exhibition included 11
photographs by JT Knight.
Was this the same
photographer as John Knight who organised the EPS International Exhibitions
of Photography for many years?
I assume that Leith
Camera Club no longer exists (but would be pleased be told
otherwise!). I have heard no mention of the club for several
I have details of
programmes from Leith Camera Club for the years:
- 1967-68: when the
club under President John Bowden. It met on Tuesday evenings in its
clubrooms at 11 Charlotte Street, Leith.
The Club had monthly competitions with Open, Intermediate and
Beginners' sections, a Portraiture competition , a Colour Slide
competition and an Annual Exhibition.
- 1979-80: when the
club, under President Harry MacKenzie. It was still meeting on
Tuesday evenings. The meetings were held in 5 Casselbank
Street (top flat), Leith.
How long did Leith Camera Club survive for? I have not
heard any mention of the club in recent years.
Thank you to Elizabeth Allison, daughter of John Bowden, LCC
President, 1967-68, for providing the above programmes and also:
- A photograph of a Leith
Camera Club coach outing - date not known.
LCC Coach Outing
- a newspaper photograph of about twenty Leith Camera
Club members celebrating the club's Centenary Dinner at the
Peacock Inn. There is no date on this newspaper cutting but
presumably the dinner was in 1988.
you to John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh, formerly a member of
Leith Camera Club who wrote:
"Here is one of the
Leith Camera Club trophies. It was awarded to the best
picture of the season. It was first won in 1927 by R Robb,
and won by myself in 1997 just before the club closed.
John Dickson, Royston,
Edinburgh: June 9, 2012
click here to zoom-in on the figure in the middle of this plaque: