John Campbell Harper

Edinburgh professional photographer, John Campbell Harper ARPS was a prominent member of the Edinburgh Society of Professional Photographers.

He also gave several Lectures to EPS between 1926 and 1939.

His full name was John Robert Dunbar Harper.  (See obituary below).

The Campbell Harper business was based in Leith Walk from 1908 until 1960, the Manager being John Robert Dunbar Harper whose obituary in 1947 appears below.

From 1947 onwards, the company became John Campbell Harper Ltd.


John Campbell Harper


John Robert Dunbar Harper

"Mr John Robert Dunbar Harper, who was widely known in the photographic world, died in Edinburgh yesterday.  Seventy-one years of age, he had been in business in Leith for nearly half a century.

He was an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, a past-president of the Edinburgh Professional Photographic Society, and held numerous appointments in connection with amateur societies.

Mr Harper, who had judged many  Scottish international photographic salons over a long period of years, possessed a brilliant flair as an analytical critic, and was an acknowledged expert on the cultural development of the use of photography.  He had exhibited in many countries, and held numerous awards and diplomas.

He was managing director of J Campbell Harper Ltd. photographers and was a director of Campbell Harper Films Ltd. 

He is survived by his widow and a daughter and son, the latter being closely identified with the film business."

The Scotsman:  8 May 1947