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Edinburgh's Camera Shop

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Edinburgh Camera Shop

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Edinburgh Cameras

 

Background

From 1912 onwards, George G Morrison, then George Morrison (Was this his son?) have had studios in Edinburgh, Leith and Portobello

From 1939 until 1952, their studio was on the ground floor of 55 Lothian Road - the eastern side of Lothian Road, opposite the Lothian Road railway goods yard, now vanished and replaced by the junction with the Western Approach Road.

The business at 55 Lothian Road was acquired by William Russell in 1952.  He continued to offer commercial, press and wedding photography, but had plans to develop the retail side of the business.

 From 1952 until 1956, the company traded under a joint name

     'Morrisons - The Edinburgh Camera Shop' (or similar name).

The Morrison name was dropped from the business in 1956, when the premises had a major re-fit.

  

Cameras and Equipment

During the 1950s, the business at 55 Lothian Road changed from being one of Edinburgh's photographic studios to being Edinburgh's only dedicated camera shop.

Up to the 1950s, cameras had been sold by departments of major opticians, such as Lizars and JB Watson.

However, an increasing interest in photography and relaxation of the rules for importing cameras from Europe and Japan offered the opportunity for WG Russell to create a specialist retail business for selling cameras and photographic equipment to both the wholesale and retail trade

The business expanded, moving taking over the floor above the ground floor that offered a wide range of materials for processing.

At  one time Edinburgh Cameras employed 25 staff.  One of the employees was John Semple.  He worked at 55 Lothian Road for about 47 years, first for George Morrison then for Edinburgh Cameras.

Following the death of WG Russell, around 1961, the business was initially in the hands of his three sons.

In 1973, Edinburgh Cameras acquired premises at 30 Dean Street from Francis Inglis, and used these in connection with their wholesale business.

One of the sons of WG Russell, Denny Russell, has been the sole proprietor of the business since 1980.

With acknowledgement to Denny Russell for providing the background details above.

 

Retail Business

Today

2003

Edinburgh Cameras  -  logo and contact details  -  2003

  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh Cameras

Edinburgh Cameras is still in business now, in the early 2000s.  For a short period Edinburgh Cameras opened a branch at Clerk Street, but today it has just one shop, at 219 Bruntsfield Road, about a mile to the south of the West End of Princes Street.

The shop at 219 Bruntsfield Place is near 'Holy Corner' (a cross-roads between the centre of Edinburgh and Morningside that has a church on each of its four corners).

The company  now operates on a smaller scale.   It no longer has a wholesale side to the business, but it still sells cameras photographic equipment, both new and second-hand and offers film processing.

In 2002 the company celebrated 50 years in business.

Edinburgh Cameras  -  50th Anniversary

  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh Cameras

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh c.2003

 

Retail Business

Today

Update

2014

Thank you to Denny Russell for contacting me to bring the details above up to date.

Danny wrote:

East Lothian

"Edinburgh Cameras has now moved from Edinburgh to 7 Waughton Steading, East Linton, East Lothian EH40 3DY.

From here, I still do most of the same things (but I no longer do developing and printing).

I do:

-  Camera + Binocular sales (new and second hand).

-  Camera Repairs."

Denny Russell, East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland:  April 12, 2014

 

The Russell Trophy

WG Russell was also a keen amateur photographer. 

He followed a long tradition of professional photographers supporting Edinburgh Photographic Society (EPS).

He presented 'The Russell Trophy', which is awarded each year for the best colour transparency in the EPS Members' Exhibition.

 

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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 photogrpahers  -  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.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this 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.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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