Princes Street Studios
The number of professional photographers in Edinburgh grew during the nineteenth century, but not steadily.
- In 1850, there were very few photographic studios in Britain outside London; but Edinburgh had several. Most were in Princes Street – an attractive location with buildings on the north side of the wide street and an open outlook towards Edinburgh Castle on the south side.
- 1850-65: During these fifteen years, the wet collodion process and albumen process took over from the earlier calotype and daguerreotype processes. Photography became more accessible. Britain’s early photographic societies were established, including PSS and EPS in Edinburgh. The number of professional photographers in Princes Street increased steadily. Studios were also opened in other streets, particularly around South Bridge, and the New Town of Edinburgh.
- 1865-1900: The number of Edinburgh photographers remained stable for twenty years, then grew particularly during the late 1890s.
This chart shows the expansion in the number of studios in Edinburgh around 1860s, and again around 1890s.
Up until around 1855 almost all of Edinburgh's professional photographers were based in Princes Street.
[The numbers above are based on my records of photographic studios when I launched this web site in March 2002. I have since found a small number of additional studios, not included above.]
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