EPS Member

Langley P Bain


EPS Curator


Portrait Photography

Langley P Bain joined Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1937 and soon became a very active member.

He became Curator of the Society, looking after the Premises at 16 Royal Terrace, before the Society moved to its present home at 68  Great King Street in 1954.

He gave a Lecture to the Practical Section of EPS:



22 October 1947


He gave lectures to the Studio Group of EPS:



9 November 1956

Portraiture for Beginners

8 January 1960

The DOs and DON'Ts of Portraiture

He gave a Wednesday Evening Lecture to EPS:



16 December 1964


He judged EPS Colour Group Competitions:



6 November 1967

a) Pictorial
b) Children

4 November 1968

a) Pictorial
b) The Road


I was pleased to hear more news of Langley, recently, from his son, Ed Bain.

1979 to 2005


Langley P Bain retired from managing the photographic department of Boots the Chemist (latterly in Princes Street, and before that in Shandwick Place) in 1979, and celebrated his 90th birthday in  October 2004 with a helicopter trip around the city - complete with camera!.

Slide Shows

He only recently 'retired' from doing slide shows (complete with taped commentary, sound effects and so on) for long stay residents in homes and hospitals, clubs and other groups around Edinburgh, something he had been doing for more than 40 years. 


Eight of Langley's photographs were included in an EPS Exhibition, displayed in the Fine Art Room at Edinburgh Central Library in  Nov 1999.

Clapperton's Studio

He also wrote a short article for the EPS Bulletin, about a visit to Clapperton's 'Original Victorian Daylight Studio' in Selkirk, which was published in 2004.


He took his darkroom apart a year or two ago (many of the bits ending up at EPS...) and has since been disposing of much of his collection of many thousand slides and photos taken over the decades.

Thank you  to Ed Bain for providing almost all the details above.