Death of Mr A Swan Watson
"We regret to record the death on
May 8, at his home in Viewpark, Bruntsfield, of Mr A Swan Watson, the
well-known Edinburgh photographer, after a very short illness.
Mr Swan Watson was emphatically a
photographer of the old school in matters of artistic aim, for he
resolutely set his face against the many forms of theatricality in
Nevertheless he attained a high
level of artistic merit in his work, and was particularly successful
in his portrayal of men of character, such as professors, musicians,
engineers, and others who sat to him.
He himself was greatly interested
in Italian art, and made many visits to the collection in Italy.
He enjoyed the unique distinction
in this country of Honorary Life Member of the Photographers'
Association of America, and for many years had been Fellow of the
Royal Photographic Society.
Greatly interested in music, he
was for a long period organist at Morningside Congregational Church.
A thorough Scot, and with a fund
of typical Scottish humour, his presence at meetings of the
Professional Photographers' Association (of which he was the President
in 1921-22) will be sincerely missed."
BJP 16 May 1930, p.299