Photographic Society of Scotland was formed on 8 March 1856, the same month as
the Crimean War ended.
was set at one guinea per year, or ten guineas for Life Membership; though
I have found no record of anybody having paid for life membership.
two preliminary meetings, it was announced that Prince Albert had agreed to
become Patron of the Society. The society’s first
regular monthly meeting was held on 8 May with Sir David Brewster in the chair.
the 1850s, photographers did not rely on Kodak, Canon and others to produce
products. It was expected that the
photographers would make their own discoveries, which would be shared through
the photographic societies, and photographic journals.
Sir David Brewster reflected this approach.
we read about the permanence of prints made by inkjet printers. In
1856, Brewster said:
are two defects in photography, of such peculiar importance that every
cultivator of the art ought to exert himself to remove them.
The first of these is want of colour in all pictures taken by the action
of light; and the second is the fading and the occasional disappearance of the
photographs themselves, either from the action of light or moisture, or of some
other element in our atmosphere.”
the outset, PSS had a wide range of activities:
Annual Distribution of a Presentation Print to Members
Regular Meetings for Members,
Popular Meetings for the general public
Albums of photographs contributed by