May 1856, the following Laws of the Society had been agreed.
There were to be two categories of
Members were to consist only of
Members’ subscriptions were to be:
one guinea payable in advance on 1 March
half a guinea if admitted after 1 December
10 guineas (or
7 guineas for life membership if 4 annual
subscriptions have already been paid) for life membership
have not found any evidence of anybody becoming a life member
guinea subscription was sufficient to accumulate a healthy balance in the
Society’s Accounts. It remained unchanged until 1866, when subscriptions were discontinued.
The Constitution required
to be held on the 2nd Tuesday of
each month from November to April:
to receive communications on photography
to discuss subjects connected therewith
for the exhibition of photographic work
for the election of members
but for no other purpose
Arrangements were made for the
of the Society to be published in the Photographic Journal, and for members to
receive a copy, gratis.
Sellers of work at the Annual Exhibition were to pay 10% of the price
to the Society.
1st Annual Exhibition was held in December 1856.
There were 8,000 visitors and 1,050
pictures. Press coverage was very supportive and the exhibition made a
profit of £29 9s 11½d
Report at first PSS Annual General Meeting commented:
"It is not intended that the
Annual Exhibition should be a means of adding to the funds of the Society; the
main objects of instituting such an Exhibition being:
aid in increasing the public taste for art
afford the Members an opportunity of contrasting their own works with those of
their fellow members, and of photographers at a distance."
were held at 8pm in the Council Rooms of the Antiquarian Society, 117 George
member had the right to bring a friend (Lady or Gentleman) to meetings of the
increased faster than anticipated. Attendances
at the monthly meetings ranged from 25 to 60 members.
meetings appear to have been formal, typically consisting of:
Minutes of the previous meeting
Lecture delivered to the Meeting,
Motion, proposed and seconded, thanking
Display of items.
delivered between May and December were:
Photography …………................................. Sir David Brewster
The Calotype Process …...............................
The Waxed Paper process
............................. Thomas Keith
The Forgery of Bank Notes
.. TB Johnston
Lithography……….........................… N MacPherson
the speakers above, except Mr MacPherson were then Council Members of the
last two of these lectures were both given on the evening of 9 December 1856.
There was an attendance of fifty Members. The
minutes of the December meeting record that:
Chairman, Messrs Tunny, Jas Ross, TB Johnston, Geo Harvey and D O Hill
afterwards made observations on he subject of Mr Macpherson’s
of Photographs and Equipment
at the Monthly Meetings included:
several collections of travel photographs,
and examples of photograph by the Photolithography process
a Papier maché photo disk made by Messrs
Jenners and Bettridge (which was strongly
a new form of double
stereoscopic camera - taking a Series of Views in the open air without a dark
an apparatus for carrying a number of
prepared glass plates, for transferring them to the Camera in the open air one
after the other
to the Society’s albums were made by several Members of the Society:
Horatio Ross of Netherley, Stonehaven
Rev T M Raven of Bedale, Yorkshire
CJ Burnett of Aberdeen
Ivan Szabo of St Andrews, Fife