In the late
nineteenth century, cycling with a camera became popular. Edinburgh
Photographic Society created the EPS Cycling Camera Corps in 1898.
Twelve years earlier a lecture had been given to EPS, titled
Tour with a Tricycle, from which the following extracts are taken.
“Photography on wheels
is assuredly making rapid progress”
“Lighting my lamp, I
mounted the iron steed once more”
for safety and convenience has met with most favour. Though the ‘Humber’
or ‘Sparbrook’ is difficult to steer, it is in other respects well suited
for photographic purposes. With a whole plate camera, tripod and six
plates, I find it comparatively easy to work on a journey.”
in May 1903, the Edinburgh photographic dealer, A H Baird, wrote an
article entitled Photography and the Motor Car in his journal,
Photographic Chat. In this article he said:
“The motor car and
photography will, no doubt, come to be associated together in the public
eye to an equal extent, if not greater than is the case with the camera
and cycle. For while the bicycle is a good means of transporting the
paraphernalia of 'the camerist abroad', the motor car is an even better
one; and indeed it would be a fair statement to make that any car
unfitted with those appliances necessary to make pictorial records of the
sights and scenes with which it brings its owner into contact, is not
"A car is at the present time an expensive luxury;
but that will be different before long, when the little engines are
manufactured extensively on the interchangeable system, and when it is
recognised that there is a big market open for an article which is
serviceable rather than ornamental, and when the great question of the
tyres has been solved with the abolition of the costly pneumatic ring."
[Photographic Chart: May
The Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom brought
perhaps about 200 photographers to a different location each year.
In 1892, it was Edinburgh's turn to host the convention.
One contributor to the
British Journal of Photography predicted:
hundred years hence, a Convention will be held to which Members would
proceed on flying machines, 25,000 Members being present.”