Edinburgh Calotype Club
1843, several gentlemen from the legal profession in Edinburgh visited Sir
David Brewster in St Andrews to learn about the calotype process.
They returned to Edinburgh and formed the Edinburgh Calotype
members were a group of enthusiasts who met informally in each other’s
houses to discuss their photography.
They produced two albums of their work between about 1845 and 1855.
The Edinburgh Room of the Central Library holds one of the two
other has not been found.
Photographic Society of Scotland
Photographic Society of Scotland (PSS) was established in 1856.
was one of Britain’s earliest
and most prestigious photographic societies. Initially
many had a good mix of amateur and professional photographers, but most of
the professionals resigned following a Special Meeting in1858.
PSS held Open Photographic Exhibitions, annually from 1856, and
played a prominent part in the development of photography in Britain. The
Society was active until around 1867.
It was wound up in 1873.
about ten years, and particularly during its first five years it held a
full program of lectures and exhibitions and was highly regarded.
Sir David Brewster was President.
The Prince Consort was Patron.
of Britain’s most renowned photographers, both amateur and professional,
were PSS Members:
first PSS Meeting was held in the rooms of photographers Ross
& Thomson of Princes Street. Many of Edinburgh’s professional photographers joined PSS
and exhibited their work in PSS Exhibitions.
within two years most of the professional photographers had resigned following a dispute over the selection
of photographs for the 1857 PSS Exhibition, and in particular the decision
by the Hanging Committee, almost all amateur photographers, not to display
Oscar Gustav Rejlander’s photograph “Two
Ways of Life” because
of its semi-nude female figures.
Edinburgh professional photographers who called the PSS Special Meeting,
in protest over the Hanging Committee’s decision were:
Edinburgh Photographic Exchange Club
Photographic Exchange Club was established in 1859:
The founding members were all PSS Members. They were:
Photogrpahic Exchange Club
Rev T Melville Raven
A Young Herries
member was required to contribute 13 Photographs each year.
Committee had the power to reject prints not considered sufficiently good.
Photos are then distributed amongst the Members.
Edinburgh Photographic Society
Photographic Society (EPS) was established in 1861.
Subscription was more modest than that charged by PSS.
- only 5/- a year
- a sum that remained
unchanged for thirty years.
society’s membership reached 200 during the 1870s and over 500 by 1900.
Both amateurs and professionals participated in the society’s
lectures, exhibitions and outings.
following were elected to EPS as Honorary Members on 15 Jan 1862.
Honorary Members - 1862
Wm Henry Fox
of the negative/positive photographic process.
Early calotype worker. President
of PSS since 1856.
The Earl of
Who was he?
Astronomer Royal for Scotland
Professor of Chemistry, Edinburgh University
Editor of British Journal of Photography
Photographic Society held
lectures, exhibitions and social outings.
News of the EPS Annual Picnics spread. The Chicago Beacon
organises frequent camera excursions and a grand annual picnic on which
occasion the whole of the photographic establishments are closed and
amateur and professional employer and employé meet together and have a
right good time"
Edinburgh Photographic Club
This was a club within Edinburgh Photographic Society.
Membership was by invitation, and was limited to 40 of the more distinguished and experienced Members of EPS.
In later years the number of members was reduced to 30.
club continued until 1948. When
it was wound up, it presented the EPC Memorial Shield to EPS, to be
awarded annually for photographic competitions.
Leith Amateur Photographic Association
1888 at a time when the number of photographic societies in Britain
was rapidly beginning to increase. The Society met on the last
Tuesday of each month at 165 Constitution Street. In later years, it
met in the Literary Society’s Rooms, Church
Leith Camera Club
name by which Leith Amateur Photographic Association was known from around
Midlothian Camera Club
1889 – re-organized 1893. The
Society met on the first Monday of each month in the Lecture Hall of the
review of the Midlothian Camera Club 1909 Exhibition appeared in the
British Journal of Photography.
1890 The Society met at The
Photographic Rooms, 3 Bristo Place. The Society still exists today
(Feb 2001) and is thriving, with 550 Members and 3 darkrooms and its own
meeting of Edinburgh University Photographic Society was held on 8
December, President, Dr Drinkwater, in the Chair.
was Dr Drinkwater who chaired the Viewfinder
Club Meeting one month earlier.]
the meeting on 8 December, it was reported that:
Haddow read a Paper on Telephotography and exhibited Dallmeyer's new
lens. Several lantern slides were shown on the screen to illustrate
the uses of the lens, and an interesting discussion followed. The
remainder of the evening was devoted to a social meeting and smoking
Photographer: 16 December 1892]
Edinburgh Viewfinders Club
1890. The Society met
on the first Monday of each month at 31 Chambers Street. The Club
appears to have had a limited number of members.
second meeting of the season was held on 14 November, Dr Drinkwater in the
some discussion, the rule regarding the presentation by each member of
twenty prints was rescinded.
some other formal business Dr Drinkwater exhibited a number of prints on
rough drawing paper for criticism.
convener intimated that there were three vacancies in the
[Amateur Photographer: 14 November 1892]
I have not seen any a syllabus for
the Edinburgh Viewfinders Club, but I found this post card to be
The post card was found in an old edition of the
British Journal of Photography. It is post-marked 13 May 1890, and
advises Hugh Brebner of Messrs Tunny,
Maitland Street that the business of the Viewfinders' Club Meeting to be
held the following Wednesday is "Ayton's