Early Interest in Photography
John Traill Taylor practised Daguerreotype as a youth.
working in Edinburgh, he came into contact with the early photographers
Henry Fox Talbot
Taylor conducted experiments with Talbot, and wrote an
account of Talbot's life, published in BJP, 1864.
Sir David Brewster was President of the Photographic
Society of Scotland, in Edinburgh from 1856.
Mungo Pontin gave accounts of his early experiments in
photography to the Royal Scottish Society of Arts in Edinburgh in 1839.
Piazzi Smyth was Astronomer Royal for Scotland, based at Calton Hill,
Edinburgh. He gave lectures to Edinburgh Photographic Society.
- Robert H Bow
Robert H Bow gave lectures to Edinburgh Photographic
Society on a wide variety of subjects between 1861 and 1896.
Thomas Davidson was an optician, who produced lenses for many early
Edinburgh photographers, including Hill & Adamson.