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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks

PSS History

March 1856 to April 1856

 

3 March 1856

On 3 March 1856, eleven men met at the Alexandra Hotel in Princes Street with a view to forming a Photographic Society.

They were Messrs Aitchison, Black, Halkett, Keith, Kinnear, MacKinlay, Moir, Ross, Walker, Watson and Professor Macdonald.

George Moir, who was about to be elected a Vice President of  PSS, had previously been a founder member of the Edinburgh Calotype Club. 

Horatio Ross took the Chair, having previously  corresponded with Secretaries of London and Manchester Photographic Societies concerning the laws and regulations which it might be expedient to adopt

5 days later …

Five days later, a meeting was held in Ross & Thomson’s Rooms, Princes Street, on 8 March 1856, to form the Photographic Society of Scotland.

Rules were proposed, and various alterations made to them.  They were then referred to Council for further consideration. 

The following were elected:

President:                      Sir David Brewster

Vice President:              Horatio Ross

Vice President:              George Moir

Honorary Treasurer:    HG Watson

Honorary Secretary:    CGH Kinnear

Council:                          James Black

                                         Thomas Keith

                                         John Cay

                                         William Macdonald

                                         Cosmo Innes

                                         James Ross

                                         TB Johnston

                                          William Walker

The first month

Within one month of the Photographic Society of Scotland being founded:

-      Prince Albert had agreed to become Patron of the Society.

-      A Photographic Exhibition in Manchester was brought to the attention of Members.  They were encouraged to give their support, and arrangements were made for forwarding photographs to the Exhibition.

-      A Collection of Prints for the Society was announced. Members were invited to contribute their work towards this collection, which would belong to the Society.. Members were advised that a  Portfolio of Mounted Prints and Albums for those unmounted had been   procured.

-     The first Lecture was given by Sir David Brewster delivered on 8 April 1856.  The subject - Photography - which he illustrated with diagrams and photographs.  It was agreed that copies of the address should be presented to the photographic journals and Edinburgh Papers.

-   Publication of the Society’s activities in the Journal of the Photographic Society became a regular practice, with part of the annual subscriptions being put towards supplying copies of the Journal to each Member.

Displays of Photographs and Equipment

Displays, from the outset were a regular feature of Monthly Meetings.  During April and May 1856:

-      James Wood, a bookseller from Princes Street displayed collections of photographs

-   Horatio Ross displayed a portable tent for the collodion process and specimens of prints by the Photogalrauographic(?) process.

-      William Walker exhibited  a new portable camera made by Mr Bell of Potterow.  It was described as:

"capable of taking pictures 8 ins. Square, weighing 8 ¾ lbs. without the lens and folding into a space 18 ins. Long by 10 broad and 2 ½ deep".

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks