Special General Meeting
Ways of Life - Oscar Gustav Rejlander
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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.
General Meeting called
12 January 1858, a Special General Meeting was called by ten PSS Members, most
of whom were professional photographers based in Princes Street. They
Ross ............ Photographer
Thomson ........ Photographer
Ramage ...... Lithographer
Hay .................... Photographer
Moffat ............. Photographer
Henderson .. Photographer
Truefitt .... Photographer
George Simson .... Photographer
McCraw ...... Photographer
Wood .......... Bookseller
Unsuccessful Motion by the Professionals
Wood, seconded by James Ross moved that:
all time coming, the Council of the Photographic Society of Scotland should be
totally composed of practical amateur and professional photographers”.
response, Horatio Ross VP seconded by Mr Tunny, moved that:
motion be not agreed to”.
two motions being put to the vote, Mr Horatio Ross’s motion was carried by a
Unsuccessful Motion by the
Wood, seconded by James Ross, moved that:
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.”
Harvey RSA, seconded by Mr Macfarlane moved that:
“This motion be negatived”.
some discussion, Mr Harvey’s motion was declared carried without having been
to the vote.
Photographers - What next?
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
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.
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]
off-shoot referred to was in fact established 3 years later, in February 1861,
as Edinburgh Photographic
is surprising, after making such encouraging comments about a possible new
society, that the PSS appeared to almost completely ignore EPS when it was
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.
only explanation I have been given is from Edinburgh photographers of the
is like that!"