Photographic Society of London
The society was established in
1853, named The Photographic Society of London.
It later became The Royal Photographic Society,
based for many years in London, then moving to Bath with a
world-wide membership, offering the photographic distinctions:
LRPS, ARPS, FRPS.
From the outset, it understood the importance that
photographic societies would play in the development of
The Photographic Society of London had its own
publication - The Journal of the Photographic Society. The first
edition, in 1853 began:
The Object of the Photographic Society is the
Promotion of the Art and Science of Photography by the interchange
of thought and experience among photographers. Ö.
The Council of the Photographic Society have
therefore decided to publish a Journal.
Reference to the Art and Science of Photography is
interesting at this early stage. For many years into the future,
there would be hot debate as to whether or not photography
was a fine art.