The Collection of Early Photographic Material (collecting area)

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The Early Scottish Photography Collection is comprised of material which originates from Scotland's engagement in the development and pursuit of photography from 1839 to ca.1871. This period covers the invention of the photographic medium to the advent of the dry plate negative which made photography less technically demanding and more accessible to the public. The material in this collection has been consolidated due to its focus on Scottish content in addition to its demonstrating the evolution of photographic practice as a cultural, artistic, and commercial medium of representation. The collection holds early examples of the work of Scotland's pioneering photographers in the form of calotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints as well as daguerreotypes. The provenance of this material is varied with much photography originating from the communities surrounding St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and further afield.

NB. In certain instances the work of an early photographer with a longstanding career will be represented past ca.1871.

Please note that additional examples of early Scottish photography are contained in other named photographic collections such as but not limited to: The James Valentine Photographic Collection, The David Hay Fleming Photographic Collection, The Photographic Books Collection, The Photographic Portraits Collection, The Photographic Album Collection, Photographs from the University of St Andrews Library Manuscript Collection

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1839 - 1871

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Early Photographic Materials
Early Scottish Photography Collection



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