Victorian Photography: A Scottish Perspective

03 October 2015

10:30 - 16:30

National Museums of Scotland
Chambers Street
United Kingdom

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Join our panel of speakers as they discuss the pioneers of early Scottish Photography and their influence in Scotland and beyond. In association with The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group

The  programme is:


from 10:00 Registration at the Auditorium, level 1

10:30  Welcome: Walter Benzie, ARPS, Vice President, The Royal Photographic Society

10.40    Welcome to National Museum of Scotland and morning session
Chair: Dr Alison Morrison-Low 
Principal Curator, Historic Scientific Instruments & Photography, NMS

10.45  With an Eye to Profit: Photographic Studios in Scotland
Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

11.15  Documentary Photography: The Scottish Origins
Dr Sara Stevenson, Research Associate, National Museums Scotland

11.45  George Washington Wilson, artist and commercial entrepreneur
Roger Taylor, Professor Emeritus Photographic History, De Montfort University

12:15  Audience Q&A chaired by Dr Alison Morrison-Low 

12:30  Lunch in the Events Space and opportunity to view exhibition
  Both lunch and exhibition included in ticket price


14:00  Welcome to afternoon session
Chair: Roddy Simpson, author of The Photography of Victorian Scotland

14.05  Constructing the Image of the Scottish Landscape
Helen James, photography historian and writer

14.35  Under Indian Skies - 19th-century photography in India: the Scottish connection
John Falconer, Lead Curator, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, British Library

15:05  Alexander Gardner and the Modern Memory of War
Dr Mary Panzer, Curator Emerita, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

15.35  Audience Q&A chaired by Roddy Simpson

16.00  Final commentary and conclusion
Dr Joan Schwartz, Professor and Head, Dept of Art (Art History & Art Conservation) Ontario Hall Queen's University

16:30  Close

17:00  Museum closes

All bookings are being taken by the National Museums of Scotland. The cost in includes a light buffet lunch and entry to the exhibition. To book a place click the link here.

Image: Gathering Water Lilies by Peter Harry Emerson, 1886, platinum print. © Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scotland

Region: ScotlandSIG(s): Historical