- Established 1861
happened in the early months of 1861?
1861: Lincoln was elected President in the United States
Feb1861: Edinburgh Photographic Society was
Lincoln was inaugurated as President.
1861: The American Civil War began.
meeting to formally establish EPS was held on 20 February 1861, in a
room behind James T Taylor’s little watchmaker’s shop at 81 South
Inaugural Meeting - 1861
T Taylor had been a Member of PSS from 1858 to 1861.
He went on to become the first Secretary of EPS.
At the Meeting the first President of EPS, James D Marwick, was
not available, so George H Slight took the Chair.
Photographic Society of Scotland already existed in Edinburgh, and had
been holding annual exhibitions for several years, but there was room
for another Society, which could be made more easily accessible to the
amateur of moderate means, in which more freedom of discussion could be
cultivated and, having more frequent meetings of an experimental
character, would prove more useful to the young photographer.”
was agreed at the EPS Inaugural Meeting that:
meetings should be held fortnightly throughout the year
summer excursions should be planned
if it were found possible from the state of the funds, a glass
house should be procured in which Members might practice portraiture.”
first two of these wishes were implemented during 1861:
EPS met fortnightly. Almost every other photographic society in Britain then met
Photographic excursions were arranged, to Aberdour in Fife and to
Roslin. They were successful.
third wish took a little longer. Funds
appear not to have been sufficient to allow the purchase of a glass
house for portraiture in the 1860s.
Instead of procuring a glass house in 1861,
studios were constructed at 16 Royal Terrace in 1945 and at 68 Great
King Street in 1955.