one of the prominent members of
Edinburgh Photographic Society
Dr John Nicol
with acknowledgement to University Library, University of Michigan, USA
and to Richard Holzman, Michigan, USA for providing this image and background
American Photography Cover
The photograph of John Nicol
above is taken from the cover of the May 1910 edition of American
Photography, a couple of months after his death.
The caption below the portrait
JOHN NICOL PHD
The Beacon, American Amateur Photographer, American Photography.
Dr Nicol and F Dundas Todd
Thank you to Richard Holzman,
Michigan, USA, for telling me more about John Nicol and his connections
with photographic journals in the USA.
Richard has an interest in
early photographic exposure meters and their inventors, and hence in Dr
Nicol and F Dundas Todd.
"The Photo Beacon Exposure Tables issued by F
Dundas Todd in 1896 and later
changed into the American Photography Tables which were sold into the late
Here is what I have discovered about the early
photographic journals, verified by the World Cat.
1885 to Feb 1887 or later)
1889 to Dec 1892)
(Jan. 1893-June 1907)
Nicol sold his interest to
Todd whose first issue was Jan. 1894.
Todd sold his interest in
1907 to Frank Fraprie of American Photographic Publishing Co. who also
just acquired American Amateur Photography and Camera and Darkroom,
edited by Nicol and Beach. These were combined to form American
Photography in July 1907. Todd, Nicol and Beach remained as