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Campbell Harper Films

Background

Ciné

Campbell Harper Films was a ciné business at 8 Hill Street in the 1960s, run by Alan Harper, son of John Campbell Harper.

The company:

 -  made promotional films for companies and other organisations

 -  made TV commercials.

 -  were contracted to the BBC to cover newsworthy events in the East of Scotland

 -  filmed Scottish matches for the BBC.  Each week, highlights of the match filmed by Campbell Harper Films and of a second match filmed by the BBC's own crew appeared on  BBC's Sportscene programme. 

Most of the work was done using 35mm film.

Many thanks to Mike Nagel, who worked for Campbell Harper Group, 1963-1968.  He provided extensive notes of his recollections of the business.  Most of the information above is taken from the notes provided by Mike Nagel.

 

Campbell Harper Films

Short Movie Clip
and Biographies

Short movie clip

'New Lives'

Thank you to John Hadden, Edinburgh, for telling me about this  1-minute movie clip of a family moving out of Old Sugarhouse Close, Leith.

The movie was made, around 1939, by Alan James Harper of Campbell Harper Productions and can now be found on  the Scottish Film Archive pages of the National Library of Scotland web site.

This Scottish Film Archive page also includes links to brief biographies of Alan James Harper and his production company, Campbell Harper Productions.

Acknowledgement:  John Hadden, Edinburgh:  February 22, 2009

Alan James Harper
and
Campbell Harper Productions

Alan James Harper joined his father, Campbell Harper, in the family photography business, and in 1934 established Campbell Harper Productions*, a company employing two men and a secretary, with studios in an attic in Alva Street, Edinburgh.

The company made documentary, social interest, educational and industrial films.  During World War II they made home front propaganda and short information films for the  Ministry of Information and the Scottish Office.

In 1946, the company, then employing:

-  Alan Harper (producer)

-  Henry Cooper (cameraman)

-   Bill Fulton

-   Willie McLean

-   two office staff

moved, together with Edinburgh Film Guild to new premises, at 6/7 Hill Street, with camera rooms, cutting rooms and a viewing theatre.

In the 1950s, the company filmed football matches and other sport for the BBC and Scottish Television.

James Harper ARPS retired in 1972, and his company was sold then, as a going concern to Park Studios, but it survived only until 1973.

Source:  National Library of Scotland, Scottish Film Archive pages: Biographies for Alan James Harper (researcher: Carolyn Young) and Campbell Harper Productions (researcher Joan Allan).
Carolyn Young refers to the company as Campbell Harper Films:  John Allan refers to it as Campbell Harper Productions.

 

Campbell Harper Films

Commercial Radio

The company also became involved in commercial radio.  Using a new state of the art recording studio at Hill Street, they recorded half the output for Radio Scotland's pirate radio ship anchored in the North Sea.

An investment of, possibly £500,000 was put into this project, but the law on commercial radio soon changed, the Radio Scotland ship closed and the Campbell Harper Group did not last much longer.

Many thanks to Mike Nagel, who worked for Campbell Harper Group, 1963-1968.  He provied extensive notes of his recollections of the business.  Most of the information above is taken from the notes provided by Mike Nagel.

 

 

 

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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