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EPS Founding Member  +  BJP Editor

J Traill Taylor

 

Photography

Early Interest in Photography

John Traill Taylor practised Daguerreotype as a youth.

Whilst working in Edinburgh, he came into contact with the early photographers and scientists:

William Henry Fox Talbot
Taylor conducted experiments with Talbot, and wrote an account of Talbot's life, published in BJP, 1864.

Sir David Brewster
Sir David Brewster was President of the Photographic Society of Scotland, in Edinburgh from 1856.

Mungo Ponton
Mungo Pontin gave accounts of his early experiments in photography to the Royal Scottish Society of Arts in Edinburgh in 1839.

Professor Piazzi Smyth
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
Thomas Davidson was an optician, who produced lenses for many early Edinburgh photographers, including Hill & Adamson.

Photographic Societies

J Traill Taylor was:

-  a Founding Member of  Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1856.

-  Secretary & Treasurer of Dumfries & Galloway Photographic Society in its first year, 1857.  This society appeared not to survive for very long.

-  a Council Member of The Photographic Society of London (for many years).

-  a Trustee of the London and Provincial Photographic Association.

-  an Honorary Member of The Photographic Club

-  an Honorary Member of The Camera Club

-  a Member of many other photographic societies in Europe and USA

 

He promoted the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom, and the Chairman of the first Convention, held in Derby.    [Biog TP]

Until the early 1890s, he continued to give lectures on optics to many of these societies.  [Obit. BJP]

Daguerreotype  -  1850s

J Traill Taylor described his first interest in photography, after seeing an daguerreotype portrait in Edinburgh.  He became determined to thoroughly master the art.    [Biog TP]

Optical Lantern  -  1860

In 1860, Traill Taylor gave a lecture to the Royal Scottish Society of Arts entitled:

  "The Use of the Optical Lantern in Photography".

It was reported that this was the first time that photographic slides had been exhibited in public, and that the room was crowded to the doors.    [Biog TP]

Colour Photography  - 1861

In 1861, he experimented with colour photography, but was unable to fix his coloured images.

Soft Focus Lens  - 1863

In 1863, he showed a lens of his own construction to a Meeting of the Photogrpahic Society of Scotland.  He described this lens as: having the now well-known arrangement for giving either sharpness or diffusion of focus.  Such a lens was some years later put on the market by a commercial firm  [Probably Dallmeyer?]    [Biog TP]

[Obit. BJP]  =  Obituary:  British Journal of Photography, 15 November 1895, p.725

[Biog TP]  =  Biography:  The Photogram, March 1895 p.57

 

 

John Traill Taylor  -  Photograph published in The Photogram  -  1895

J TRAILL TAYLOR:   Timeline     Interests    Journalism    Photography    EPS Lectures

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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