McKean was actively involved with Edinburgh Photographic Society, literally.
At the society’s picnic, at Arniston House in 1884.
He donated one of the sports prizes
- an illuminated album as 1st Prize for The
150 yard race for Gentlemen.
He came 2nd himself in this race and won a box of biscuits.
was also 2nd in The
which he won a series of 12 carbon prints, and he won an opera glass for being
placed 2nd in the day’s photographic competition for the best ‘Bit’ taken
in the Grounds of Arniston House.
McKean was elected a Member of EPS on 7 December 1881, and soon
gave lectures to the Society:
Modern Photographer, his Power and
New Departure in Alkaline Development"
Carrier for Lantern Transparencies"
"Photographic and other Impressions of America and the World Fair
with the Camera"
its Use and Abuse" (with limelight
the 1890 EPS Exhibition, John McKean presented a wide range of work.
3 silver prints: two were
landscapes and one was titled: "Steamers
2 platinotypes: one being
"Eclipse of the Sun
- 17 July 1890"
2 matt silver prints and 3 bromide prints
- 1 exhibit:
Original Aird’s Hand Camera of 1872"