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PSS History

1858 Special General Meeting

Two Ways of Life  -  Oscar Gustav Rejlander

 Two Ways of Life  -  Oscar Gustav Rejlander

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Edinburgh's professional photographers  concerned at not being adequately represented  on the Hanging Committee which selected prints for the 2nd PSS Exhibition, and which decided that OG Rejlander's photograph "Two Ways of Life" was not acceptable for the Exhibition.

 

 

Special General Meeting called

On 12 January 1858, a Special General Meeting was called by ten PSS Members, most of whom were professional photographers based in Princes Street.  They were:

James Ross ............ Photographer

John Thomson ........ Photographer

-  James Ramage ...... Lithographer

DS Hay .................... Photographer

John Moffat ............. Photographer

James Henderson .. Photographer

William P Truefitt .... Photographer

George Simson ....   Photographer

William McCraw ...... Photographer

-  James Wood .......... Bookseller

1st Unsuccessful Motion by the Professionals

James Wood, seconded by James Ross moved that:

“In all time coming, the Council of the Photographic Society of Scotland should be totally composed of practical amateur and professional photographers”.

In response, Horatio Ross VP seconded by Mr Tunny, moved that: 

“This motion be not agreed to”. 

The two motions being put to the vote, Mr Horatio Ross’s motion was carried by a large majority. 

2nd Unsuccessful Motion by the Professionals

James Wood, seconded by James Ross, moved that: 

“Of three members of the Hanging Committee, two of these shall be professional members of the Society, or in case of future year, the Hanging Committee should be enlarged, that there be at least a majority of professionals.” 

 

Mr Harvey RSA, seconded by Mr Macfarlane moved that:  

“This motion be negatived”. 

 

After some discussion, Mr Harvey’s motion was declared carried without having been put to the vote.   

Professional Photographers - What next?

Thee professional photographers were clearly not satisfied.  The PSS, in its present form, was not meeting  their needs.  They made arrangements to meet informally, as was reported at the 2nd PSS AGM.

The Report at the 2nd  AGM said:

"The Council understand that it is in contemplation to form another Society an off-shoot of this, but limited in its membership to professional department of Photographic Art. 

The Council are sure that all members of the Society will be desirous that every success should attend the new Society, the proposed formation of which  they can only regard as another proof of how rapidly and extensively the Art has spread in this part of the country."   [Council Report to PSS 2nd AGM  -  9 March 00]

The off-shoot referred to was in fact established 3 years later, in February 1861, as Edinburgh Photographic Society. 

It is surprising, after making such encouraging comments about a possible new society, that the PSS appeared to almost completely ignore EPS when it was established. 

I have found almost no reference to EPS or its activities in the minutes of any of the PSS Monthly Meetings, even though the two societies met regularly in rooms close to each other in Central Edinburgh throughout the period 1861 to 1866.

The only explanation I have been given is from Edinburgh photographers of the 1990s: "Edinburgh is like that!" 

 

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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