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PSS History

January 1857 to July 1857

Rapid Growth

The original proposers of the Photographic Society of Scotland  anticipated that at the end of the first year, the Society might have about 20 or 30 members.  

In fact, Membership at the end of the first year had reached 119.

New applicants from Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland were balloted for and elected as Members of the Society at the start of each meeting throughout the Session

From January 1857 onwards, the Society moved from 117 George Street to more convenient and commodious premises at the Antiquarian Rooms 51 George Street for its meetings.

Sir David Brewster, President, occasionally took the chair, but more frequently it was Horatio Ross in the Chair.

The first AGM

The first AGM was held on 10 March 1857.  The Patron, President, Vice Presidents, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer all remained in office.  John Coy was elected as Hon Auditor.  The Meeting comprised:

-   Formal business of the evening,

-       Portable cameras exhibited and explained

-       Paper on The Collodion Process read by Mr

During the Meeting, Mr Rodger also:

-  prepared a plate

-  took a picture of a Bas Relief lighted by a jet of gas, and

-  developed it in the presence of the meeting.

A similar sequence of events had occurred at the meeting two months earlier, when James Ross had read his Paper:

-  The Albumen Process on Glass.

Other Lectures

Other Papers presented to the Society in the early months of 1857 were on:

-       Photography in the Mountains .................... Horatio Ross

-       Uranium & other Substances...................... Charles Burnett

-     Fading of  Photographs……........................James Tunny

-       Photographs on Fluorescent Surfaces …... George Wilson

-      Stereoscopic Photography…..................... James Ross

-       A tour - the Coasts of Spain....................…Cosmo Innes

-       Adhesive Substances for Mounting…....... Collin Sinclair

All the speakers were, again, members of the Society, with the possible exception of Professor George Wilson

In some cases, the titles of the Papers were longer than those given above.  The full title of Collin Sinclair’s paper was:

"An Account of Experiments on the Various Adhesive Substances used in the Mounting of Photographs as affecting the Permanency of the Print."

Items displayed  

Most of the items displayed in early 1857 were collections of photos, demonstrating different methods:

-     Photogaloamographic Engravings by James Wood

-     Calotypes, and made some observations on the use of Cyanide of Potassium in the Bromo-Iodizing Solution by Mr Walker

-     Negative Photographs on Albumenized paper by Messrs McKinlay & Zeigler 

-     Negative Photographs on Parchment paper by Prof. Wilson 

The Hon Secretary exhibited of and explained

a new form of portable camera invented by Capt. Fowke RE:

Mr Tunny exhibited:

-    his newly invented apparatus for printing stereoscopic transparencies on wet collodion

-     Pictures by his newly discovered process of Heliography

Distribution of Prints to Members

It was suggested at the 1857 AGM that there should be a distribution amongst the members of photographic works of high class, executed exclusively for the Society. 

The picture proposed on this occasion was Pitlessie Fair by Sir David Wilkie  "the only one of his works that had not yet been made public through the medium of the engraver."

Unfortunately, it was reported at the 1858 AGM that it had not possible to produce copies of this print as planned "because of the unphotographic character of the colours."     [Council Report to PSS 1858 AGM]    So instead, the Society selected and purchased pictures from the 2nd PSS Exhibition, for an outlay of £33.  These were distributed to the members by ballot.

The 1858 AGM Report said:

"Believing that the funds of the Society cannot be laid out in a way better calculated to aid and encourage the Art generally or more satisfactorily to the Members themselves the Council propose that a similar distribution of photos should be made next year."

The tradition of distributing a photograph to each  members continued for a further 50 years - initially by PSS, and subsequently by Edinburgh Photographic Society, in the form of a “Presentation Print”.

Publication of PSS Proceedings

For the first year, PSS proceedings had been published in Photographic Notes, the journal of the Manchester Society.  But this arrangement was not entirely satisfactory.

In April 1857 it was announced that a change was to be made, and that the Society's proceedings would in future be published in the Journal of the Photographic Society, the journal of the London Society.

Collection for Scott Archer

In June 1857 the Society contributed towards a collection for the Widow and Family of the late Scott Archer, the introducer of the Collodion Process.  The family had been left completely destitute.  PSS Members were told:  

"It is important that the sum collected be forwarded to London immediately"

 

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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