Copyright: Peter Stubbs -
Photo taken December 10, 2012
Sandy Cleland, a Member of Edinburgh Photographic
Society for over 40 years, was President of the society for 3 years from
1985. His daughter, Karen Berry, almost twenty years later, for 3
years from 2004.
Sandy Cleland is well known in Edinburgh, and
around the world, for his Nature Photography, though his International
Exhibition acceptances and Medals have been gained for his other work
as well as his Nature Photography.
Sandy has been a Selector for some of the major
International Exhibitions around the world, including annual exhibitions
of the Royal Photographic Society in which he is now a very active
Royal Photographic Society
Sandy was awarded the Fenton Medal, and Honorary Membership of the
RPS, in 2005. This Medal is named after Roger
Fenton, one of the founders of the RPS. Up to three Fenton Medals
are award annually to persons who have made outstanding
contributions to the work of The Royal Photographic Society.
Sandy currently serves on the Distinctions Advisory and Fellowship
Boards of the RPS and was Chairman of the Selectors for the 155th RPS
International Print Exhibition in 2012.
The London Salon
Neil Scott announced to EPS Members, in November
2012, that Sandy Cleland, a former President of the society had been
invited to join the London Salon.
To celebrate this news, EPS held a 'surprise event
for Sandy on the evening of 15 December 2012 during which Sandy
was presented with a Commemorative Medal.
Please scroll down this page to see:
Sandy taking a look at his Medal on 15 December 2012.
FURTHER DOWN THE
EPS Members at the Celebration on 15 December 2012.
Sandy Elected to London Salon
"We have just heard that EPS member Sandy
Cleland FRPS has been invited to join the London Salon of Photography.
This is a unique body of photographers, from
worldwide membership, whose sole aim is to exhibit, annually, the very
best of pictorial photographic imagery.
Membership of the Salon is by invitation
only and there are currently only 43 members.
It is a great honour to be selected to
membership and it must be one of the most exclusive groups in
photography today. Sandy told us that he was absolutely over the
moon when he opened the letter.
The only previous EPS member to be invited
to the Salon was Gracie Alison in 1964. Gracie was secretary of
EPS from 1946 to 1985."
History of the Salon
"The roots of this London Salon go back to
the year 1893 when it was formed as "The Linked Ring", becoming the
London Salon in 1910 when the first London Salon Exhibition was held.
It was essentially a breakaway group from
the RPS, with expressed concerns that the RPS was more concerned with
the science of photography. Its sole purpose is to organise the
annual London Salon of Photography.
The Salon says: "The aim of the salon is to
exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct
evidence of artistic feeling and execution".
Like the Edinburgh International Exhibition,
the London Salon is for prints only, and they also accept only around
200 from the annual entry of around 2000."
Other Members of the Salon
"Sandy has entered prints to the London
Salon for many years and has had acceptances in most years that he
entered. He has also won two Salon Medals, one in the centenary year,
2011 and one this year.
Sandy becomes the 43rd
member of this prestigious international group of
photographers, and is now
one of two Scottish photographers, along with Rikki O’Neill.
Margaret Salisbury tells us that there have
only ever been around 200 members of the London Salon since its
inception. Other members include the three Honorary Vice
Presidents of EPS:
- Bill Wisden.
Other Members of the Salon who have judged
the Edinburgh Exhibition include:
- Leigh Preston
Steven Le Prevost
Neil Scott, Edinburgh Photographic Society:
Presentation to Sandy
68 Great King Street
December 15, 2012
Below are photos some of the EPS Members and
partners who attended the evening to celebrate Sandy Cleland's
invitation to join the London Salon on December 15, 2012.
This section starts and ends with photos of Sandy
- start with Sandy Cleland, followed by his
daughter Karen and husband John Berry.
- finish with three pictures taken in the
Society's hallway, two with members in front of the bust of the early
Edinburgh calotypist, D O Hill - then two more photos of Sandy.
Karen & John Berry
June Scott, Chic Calder
Eion Johnston, Jim Moir
Eion Johnston, Jim Moir,
Maidie & Eric Bower
[I don't remember his name]
David Buchanan, Tom Gardner
George Johnston, Tom Gardner
George Johnston, Anne Roger
Ann e Roger, Izzi Vickery,
Billy McGuire, John Ruickbie
Edith +Jim Smith, Bust of DO Hill
(early Edinburgh calotypist, 1843-47), Sheila + Ian Goodall
Jim Smith, Bust of DO Hill
(early Edinburgh calotypist, 1843-47), Sheila + Ian Goodall
© (all photos above):
Peter Stubbs. email
email@example.com. All photos taken December 10,
The Linked Ring
Forerunner to 'The London Salon'
Members of the Linked Ring
These are a few of the photographers who were members of The
Linked Ring in the late-19th and early 20th centuries:
Henry Peach Robinson
was the founder. He was an
English artist and pictorialist photographer, best known for his
combination printing, using a number of different negatives to create a
single print. He was a regular
in Edinburgh winning several Bronze and Silver Medals at The
Photographic Society of Scotland's exhibitions between 1858 and 1864,
and a Gold Medal at the Edinburgh Photographic Society Exhibition in
1882. Here are three of his combination prints that he submitted
to exhibitions in Edinburgh.
Here They Come
James Craig Annan
1864-1946 was a Scottish
photographer who learnt the Photogravure process in Vienna from its
inventor and introduced the process into his family's business, T&R
Allen, Glasgow. The photogravures
that his company produced included views of the old closes of Glasgow.
See the three examples below.
Old closes and streets of Glasgow
James Craig Annan's father (Thomas) and uncle (John) lived briefly in
Rock House, Calton Hill, former home of DO Hill in 1869. John, the
lesser known brother, became a professional photographer in Edinburgh
until 1890. He was an EPS Member, Exhibitor and Lecturer.
Frederick H Evans
1853-1943 was a British architectural
photographer, best known for his images of English and French cathedrals
Alfred Horsley Hinton
1863-1908 was a landscape photographer,
author of several books on photography and editor of The Amateur
1838-1933 was an English engraver and
photogrpaher, best known for his reproductions of paintings and
drawings, and for his portraits of literary and artistic figures.
1864-1946 was an
American photographer who promoted photography as an art form through
his journal Camera Work. He also had art galleries in
New York and was married to painter, Georgia
Francis Meadow (Frank)
Sutcliffe 1853-1941 was a British
photographer whose work included making a photographic record of the
seaside town of Whitby in Yorkshire.
Henry Van der Weyde
1838-1924 was an American born painter
and photographer, and a pioneer of the use of electric light in
Clarence Hudson White
1871-1925 was a photographer from Ohio
who captured the spirit of early 20th century America in his pictorial
Sources for some of the details above: EdinPhoto
web site + Wikipedia
Peter Stubbs: December 12, 2012