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EPS Member

Alexander Dunbar

 BSc, PhD, FRPS

 

EPS Bulletin

In the 1960s, the Edinburgh Photographic Society Bulletins ran a series of 'Club Personality' profiles.

Alexander Dunbar was featured in Bulletin No 64, in May 1963.

Alexander Dunbar  ***

EPS President, Alexander Dunbar

Reproduced with acknowledgement to EPS. [Photographer not known]

***  A question has been raised about who the 'Alexander Dunbar' is  in the photograph above is.  Please see  Answer 1 on this page.

Here is the text that accompanied the photograph above in the EPS Bulletin:

(The paragraph headings did not appear in the Bulletin.)

Education

"Born 1907, Educated at Melville College, then Edinburgh University, B.Sc. (Hons.).  After graduating spent some time in London working on food chemistry and on return to Edinburgh took post-graduate PhD after two years."

Business

"At this stage was made a director of the family business of aerated water manufacturers, James Dunbar Ltd.

Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1943.  Joined Merchant Company of Edinburgh in 1942, became Assistant 1959."

Photography

"At an early stage took photographs and the publishing of a whole page of these in the school magazine certainly did much to encourage the proud possessor of a 'magnificent' 1/4 plate Sanderson teak and brass tropical model."

Other Interests

"At University had not much time to take photographs and at this stage played some tennis but never gave up golf learned at St Andrews at a very early age.  Devoted a considerable time to painting and drawing."

EPS

"Joined EPS in 1945 and has been almost continuously on the Council in some capacity since.  President 1949-54 and again 1960-62 when was brought back to lead Society during Centenary celebrations.

Got RPS Associateship in the 1940's and the Fellowship in 1961.  This year has been made an Honorary Member of  EPS in recognition of his great services to the Society."

Ways of Life

"Has two enduring hobbies - ways of life rather - golf and photography!"

 

EPS Exhibitions

Exhibition Print Criticism

Alexander Dunbar gave criticism of entries in:

-   EPS Whole Plate Exhibition, 1948

-   EPS  Members' Exhibitions, 1956 , 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960.

1953 Open Exhibition

Alexander Dunbar gave the opening address to the 1953 EPS Open Exhibition.  The Exhibition catalogue quotes from his address:

"The practising photographer is photographically tough and often cynical, wary of accepting the new, scornful of the old. 

The lay-viewer is, to put it mildly, somewhat capricious; while the person about to be inspired is a very Proteus - one moment a callow youth still fumbling with a box camera the next a seasoned but jaded worker, convinced that he has run the gamut of photographic experience and that the game is not worth the candle."

Dr Dunbar also had two of his prints:

-  White Cliffs and Silent Sea

-  Rounding the Lighthouse

accepted in the exhibition and an advert for his company:

'James Dunbar: Fine Table Waters'

in the Exhibition Catalogue.

1957 Open Exhibition

Alexander Dunbar was one of the judges (selectors) for the EPS Open Exhibition in 1957.

1961 Open Exhibition

Alexander Dunbar was one of the judges (selectors) for the EPS Open Exhibition in 1957.

1970 Colour Group Competition

Alexander Dunbar judged the 2nd Colour Group competition in 1970-71.  The subjects were: (a) Pictorial, (b) Triangles.

Dunbar Trophy

Alexander Dunbar is now commemorated by the Dunbar Trophy, awarded each year, at the EPS Members' Exhibitions, to the best print in the Intermediate Section not already winning another award.

 

EPS Lectures

Alexander Dunbar gave a wide variety of lectures to to the Society:

18 Dec 1946

The Carbo Process
(demonstration to EPS Practical Photography section)

19 Jan 1949

Miniature Talk

15 Feb 1950

Toning Prints

7 Jan 1951

Technical Faults - Diagnosis & Cure
 
(lecture to EPS Practical Photography section)

9 Jan 1952

Enlarging  (with demonstration)

23 Jan 1952

Is Multiple Printing Inherently Dishonest?  (Motion: 'Yes')

24 Nov 1954

Finer points of Exposure, Development and Printing  (demo)

31 Oct 1956

Concerning the Picture

10 Dec 1958

Toning Prints  (demonstration)

17 Dec 1958

Club Night: One Man Show

10 Oct 1962

Composition

9 Dec 1964

D O Hill

10 Mar 1965

Enlarging  (demonstration)

9 Feb 1966

Setting up for Still Life Pictures   (demonstration)

 

Edinburgh Society of Professional Photographers

A W Hill was an amateur phtographer, but on  3 November 1930, he gave a lecture to the Edinburgh Society of Professional Photographers, entitled: 'On the Oleobrom Process'.

He described Oleobrom as

"a simple and practical method of making oil prints, devised by Messrs Wellington & Ward; a process that can be done without the special training that is required for making bromoil prints."

 

EPS Members

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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