Adam Johnstone Cooper


Cooper & Durie

Art Photographer

Adam Johnstone Cooper began his business as Art photographer in 1900.  In 1901, Cooper & Durie, Art photographers was established.  

Cabinet prints bore the address:

Cooper & Durie,  18 Newington Road or

Cooper & Durie,  Newington Studio, 18 Newington Road or

Adam Johnstone Cooper & Durie, 18 Newington Road.

From 1917, Cooper & Durie had premises at 33,34 Fettes Row - an address which was to be used for a joint enterprise with David Stevenson from 1918. 

I have a Cooper & Durie post-card, a portrait of a young child.  The address on the back is Cooper & Durie, Bo'ness and Edinburgh.  Bo'ness lies on the Firth of Forth to the West of Edinburgh.

I have seen just one cabinet print by Cooper & Durie  -  see below.

Cabinet Print  -  1902

Cabinet Print by Cooper & Durie  -  a 21st Birthday portrait in 1901

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Oz Rinning, Balerno


Cooper & Durie

Cabinet Print


Cooper & Durie first appeared in the Edinburgh & Leith trade directories in 1901.  Their first Edinburgh studio was at 18 Newington Road.

In previous decades, photographers had usually produced their studio portraits in one of two formats:

-  smaller:  cartes de visite, from 1850s until around 1900.

-  larger:  cabinet prints, from 1860s until very early 1900s.


The photograph above is a cabinet print from Cooper & Durie's studio. 

Thank you to Oz Rinning, Balerno, Midlothian, for sending it to me.  Oz tells me that the portrait is of his grandmother, taken on her 21st birthday in 1902.


Cooper and Cooper & Durie  -  studio addresses and dates


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