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PSS Exhibitions:    Medals    Dates   1st    2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th  10th 

 

PSS - Exhibitions

1856 - 1866

Ten Exhibitions

The Photographic Society of Scotland held ten exhibitions.  These were staged approximately annually from December 1856 until March 1866. 

Entrants, if they wished, were able to sell their photographs or copies of them.  PSS charged a commission of 10% on all sales.  It was left to the photographer to decide the price for their work.  There were some wide variations in the prices asked.

The 1st PSS Exhibition was held in 1856, the year that the Photographic Society of Scotland was established.

The 2nd Exhibition resulted in a dispute between the society's amateur and professional photographers over the rejection of OG Rejlander's photograph, "Two Ways of Life

The 3rd Exhibition and several subsequent exhibitions were held in Hay’s Fine Art Studio, 90 George Street.  Several attracted between 600 and 1000 entries.

The 4th Exhibition, and others later, caused controversy amongst the entrants, particularly on whether or not it should be admissible for photographs to be “touched” – e.g. by adding skies, and whether or not it should be permitted to enter photographs made from several negatives. 

OG Rejlander and HP Robinson were both enthusiastic photographers who used multiple negatives to make composite prints.  What might they have achieved today, with a computer and Photoshop?

The 5th Exhibition attracted a lot of comment about how unfavourable the weather had been for photography over the past year.

The PSS Council reported that the 6th Exhibition had suffered from the prevailing public depression caused by the lamented death of the Prince Consort , and resulted in a loss to the Society of about £40.

The7th Exhibition and 8th Exhibition were Competing Exhibitions.  Medals were awarded, but the photographs were displayed for only a few days.  No admission charge was levied.  These exhibitions attracted far fewer entries, but the quality of entry was very high.  

There was controversy at the 7th exhibition over the acceptance of entries made from more than one negative.

The 10th Exhibition was the final one staged by PSS.  It appears to have been less successful than those in previous years.  Not all the medals were awarded because the society considered the entries were not of a sufficiently high standard. 

NOTE:

Catalogues have survived from the 1st, 3rd and 9th exhibition.  The lists of entries for the other exhibitions are likely to be less reliable because they are based on correspondence accompanying the entries and on press comment about the exhibitions rather than on official exhibition catalogues. 

 

Dates and Venues

Exhibition

Dates open

Venue

1st Exhibition

Dec 1856 to ?

Hanover Street

2nd Exhibition

12 Dec 1857 to

Feb 1858

2 Saint David's Street

3rd Exhibition

18 Dec 1858 to at least 

12 Feb 1859

90 George Street

4th Exhibition

17 Dec 1859 to 

3 March 1860

90 George Street

5th Exhibition

2 Feb 1861 to 

6 April 1861

90 George Street

6th Exhibition

mid-Dec 1861 to at least 

10 Feb 1862

90 George Street

7th Exhibition

25 Mar 1863 to 

5 Apr 1863

117 George Street

8th Exhibition

10 Feb 1864 to 

5 March 1864

117 George Street

9th Exhibition

20 Dec 1864 to 

18 Feb 1865

90 George Street

10th Exhibition

13 Mar 1866 to 

end-April 1866

7 Saint Andrew Square

 

 

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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