EdinPhoto Web Site
Scope of Research
1. I have explored Edinburgh’s unique position
in the history and development of photography since 1839,
- Who were the early and prominent
photographers in Edinburgh?
- What interests and expertise did they have,
both as amateurs and professionals?
- How were they influenced by each other and
by Edinburgh’s photographic societies?
Research by Others
2. The photography of Hill & Adamson has been
well documented by Sara Stevenson. Books and booklets have been
written on other Edinburgh photographers including the Yerbury
family, Thomas Begbie, John Moffat and William Carrick.
My research includes a far broader range of
photographers, many prominent during their lifetimes but almost
3. My source material includes:
- BJP, other early photographic
- Contemporary newspapers and trade
- Minutes, reports, and 1,000 items of
correspondence of PSS
- Minutes, transactions, journals,
bulletins, exhibition programs and correspondence of EPS
- Photographic collections: V&A, RPS,
NMPFTV, NGS, ECL, MoE, ECAC, EPS, Yerbury.
(Please see the end of this
page for all abbreviations)
- My personal collections:
cartes-de-visite, stereo views, cabinet prints, postcards by
4. My research 1995-2001 is recorded in
Edinburgh's Photographic Societies in the 19th
- a booklet that was included in a package of
items sold to EPS Members in 2000
Professional Photographers in Edinburgh, Leith and Portobello - 1840 to 1940
- a booklet published by the Historical Group
of the RPS in 2001
Edinburgh Photographic Society Wednesday Meetings
- 1861 to 1999
- one of several unpublished booklets, used
when I set up this web site.
5. All the above, in more depth, and the
results of my ongoing research are now recorded on this web
- I can instantly share the research with an
international audience, and get feedback. Currently
[Mar 05] there are about
140,000 sessions (400,000 page-views) from 160 different
countries per month.
I have been contacted by almost 100
descendants of early Edinburgh photographers and have been able
to include material they have provided on the web site.
- Many thousands of pages and images can be
held on the site, and easily accessed through its Index pages,
Links enable me
to bring together different aspects of a photographer’s work -
studio address, exhibition photographs, processes used, prices
charged, lectures to photographic societies
on the EdinPhoto web site
6. The site includes the following sections,
and has comprehensive index pages for each:
– Royal Scottish Society of Arts, Edinburgh
Calotype Club, Photographic Journals, British Photographic
Societies, Early Photographic Processes, …
Photographic Society of Scotland
– established in Edinburgh,1856 - Members, Meetings,
Edinburgh Professional Photographers
– Studio addresses, Dates, Biographical Notes, Cartes-de-visite,
Stereo Views, ….
Edinburgh Photographic Society
–established 1861 – including:
Members, Premises, Finances, Excursions, Exhibitions, Groups,
Bibliography, Acknowledgements, Other Web
on the EdinPhoto web site
7. The site has other sections (4,000 pages)
that help to set the history of photography in Edinburgh into a
broader context. These include:
- History of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Today
- My Photos,
including my ongoing documentary project,
photographing 'People at Work in Edinburgh since 1990' .
my own contribution to the history of photography in Edinburgh.
Use of EdinPhoto
8. NMPFTV, Edinburgh City Library and members
of SSHoP have told me that they frequently consult the site and
refer others to it.
NLS intends to take copies of this site
ensure that it remains accessible as hardware and
software change over time.
Peter Stubbs - Edinburgh - March 2005
Key to Abbreviations
= British Journal of Photography
= Edinburgh City Art Centre
= Edinburgh City Libraries
= Edinburgh Photographic
= National Galleries of Scotland
= Museum of Edinburgh
= National Library of Scotland
= National Museum of Photography, Film
= Photogrpahic Society of Scotland
= Royal Photographic Society
= Scottish Society for the History of
= Victoria & Albert Museum
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