David Brewster, President, gave the Opening lecture of the season, his topic Optics, a subject for which he had an international reputation.
On this occasion his title was:
The Character of the Image formed
upon Opaque and Transparent Surfaces
The Hon Secretary, The Hon CGH Kinnear read
A Photographic Architectural Tour of the North of France
Fothergill’s new Dry Collodion Process.
Professor MacDonald from the University of St Andrews, another founding
Member of the Society, gave a lecture on:
A Draphicagram by which in a Single Camera a Single Picture can be taken
having full Stereoscopic Relief without the Aid of a Stereoscope.
gave lectures were:
- James Tunny -
Vitro Heliographic Process
- Collin Sinclair -
Orange - Albumen Process
Finally, Professor Killard
(?) spoke on:
education of the Senses - with its bearing on the subject of Photographic
read at Meetings
the Session, two Communications were read to the Society:
On a Method of Preventing the Bad Effects of Gutta Percha Vessels on
- John Sang of Kirkcaldy, a regular contributor.
An Account of a New Photographic Process. [Which process?]
letter to Sir David Brewster from Dr. Dupuis, Officer of Health to the French
Army of Occupation at Rome. His
practice of exhibiting photographs and equipment at the Society’s Monthly
Meetings was not kept up during the 1857-58 Session.
Members were specifically requested to send to the April 1858 Meeting:
"any Apparatus they may have
possessing novelty in principle
interesting collection of equipment was displayed at the meeting, including:
several portable cameras
a new form of Stereoscope
a sliding and folding
a microscopic camera
Latimer Clerk’s Camera
with Dark Box and Back
Ottewill’s New Box
Camera with 6 Black Slides and Tripod Head
an Orthoscopic Lens and
plate boxes and improved dark slides
two dark tents
at Other Exhibitions
December 1857 The Chairman congratulated the Society upon the excellence of
the second annual exhibition now open in St David’s Street, and took
occasion also to compliment Mr Ivan Szabó on having gained at the late
Brussels Exhibition of Photography the only Gold Medal awarded for photographs
sent from Great Britain.
continued to be made to the Society’s Albums from:
Horatio Ross (June 1857 and April 1858)
Fox Talbot (Jan 1858)
Talbot’s donation from consisted of
8 specimens of his process of enlarging photographs on steel plates.
were established when PSS considered there were subjects worthy of investigation:
In April 1858, Messrs Ross,
Moffat and Tunny were formed as a committee:
to make a trial of lenses presented by Messrs Knight & Co. and to report
the results to the next meeting."
were completed and a report was delivered to the June meeting.
At the 2nd AGM on 9 March 1858, all office bearers were
re-elected with the exception of Cosmo Innes replaced George Moir as one of
the Society’s Vice Presidents.
It was reported that the Society’s membership had increased to 151, and
that it comprised among its Members nearly all the Scottish professional and amateur
photographers of eminence."
The Council reported on the success of the 2nd Photographic
Exhibition, both financially and photographically.
Council reported that the Law of Copyright was under consideration by
the English Society of Arts. Council
was ready to cooperate in introducing a measure to afford proper security from
piracy to the works of the Photographer.
was agreed that future AGMs would be held in the evenings, rather than at 4pm,
for the greater convenience of Members.
was also agreed that the date of the AGM should be changed from March to the
2nd Tuesday of April to the second Tuesday of April, to leave time for the
Exhibition Accounts to be made up.
event with far-reaching consequences in early 1858 was the Special General
Meeting called by several of Edinburgh's professional photographers, who
were dissatisfied with the way the Society was run.
were concerned at not being adequately represented on the Hanging
Committee which selected prints for the 2nd Exhibition, and which decided
that OG Rejlander's photograph "Two
Ways of Life" was
not acceptable for the Exhibition.
professional photographers' Motions were defeated at the Special General
Meeting. Most of Edinburgh's professional photographers subsequently
resigned. Many went on to become members of Edinburgh Photographic
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