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Photography for the Few: The Activities of Enthusiastic and Artistic Amateurs

Roddy Simpson

in The Photography of Victorian Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748654611
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.003.0004
Photography for the Few: The Activities of Enthusiastic and Artistic Amateurs

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This chapter focuses in the prominent early photographers who practiced photography out of personal interest. They were at least as technically proficient as the very best commercial photographers, if not more so. They could also be inventive and experimental, taking a personal and individual approach to their photography as they were not dependent on commercial considerations. The Edinburgh Calotype Club, active from about 1841 to 1856, is claimed to be the first photographic club in the world.

Keywords: photography; photographers; Edinburgh Calotype Club; photographic club

Chapter.  5962 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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