Societies in the 1860s
the time that the Edinburgh Photographic Society
was established, the British Journal of Photography Almanac
listed 15 Photographic Societies throughout Britain. These
all held their meetings monthly during the winter months. Almost all had a break of several months in the summer.
But not EPS ...
Photographic Society decided to hold meetings fortnightly throughout the
winter, and also held monthly meetings in the summer.
inaugural meeting was held on Wednesday 20 February 1861. Ever since
that first meeting (except for a short period around 1883 when the room
was not available), Wednesday has been the main evening for the
Societyís meetings. For almost 100 years the meetings started at 8pm
or 8.15pm, then at 7.45pm. Now they begin at 7.30pm
Meetings in the 1860s
meetings were originally described as General Meetings of the Society.
In the early years, these followed a similar format to that used
by the Photographic Society of Scotland from 1856 onwards.
Minutes of previous Meeting
- Ballot for
or occasionally an exhibition of photographs
- Items exhibited
- Any Other Business
of the EPS members had previously been members of PSS.
meetings were less formal than those of the PSS, and offered more
opportunity for informal debate, especially amongst the practising
professional photographers of the day.
recently, regular activities at Wednesday evening meetings have
Lectures and demonstrations from EPS
members and visitors
Print and Slide competitions - known as Club
Night from 1954
Opening Night each Season - information for new member
Joint meetings with other societies and with galleries
Visiting exhibitions and Inter-club competitions
Auctions of photographic equipment and EPS membersí photographs
Social Evenings -
Christmas Parties and Presidentís Evening
Topics and Speakers
web site provides two lists for EPS Wednesday Meetings:
List of Lecture Titles.
These lists have been compiled from
EPS Journals and Bulletins
EPS Reports to AGMs
British Journal of Photography and other journal reports
these sources gave incomplete or conflicting information, particularly
regarding the title of the lecture and the full name of the speaker.
discrepancies on this site between these List of Speakers and the List of
Lecture Titles, the former is likely to be
the more reliable.