History of The RPS

22 September 2013

There is no complete history of The Royal Photographic Society. The Society’s Minutes of General Meetings 1853- and Minutes of Council 1853-1857  and other archival material to the present day is held on behalf of The Society by the National Media Museum, Bradford.  

The Society's Wikipedia entry contains some useful information and the following will also be of help, particularly in relation to the Society's early history:

John Hannavy (editor), Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, London: Routledge, 2008.

J Dudley Johnston, The Story of the RPS [1853-1869], London: The Royal Photographic Society, 1946.

Marian Kamlish, ‘Claudet, Fenton and the Photographic Society’, History of Photography, 26 (4), Winter 2002, pp. 296-306.

Grace Seiberling with Carolyn Bloore, Amateurs, Photography, and the mid-Victorian Imagination, London: Chicago University Press, 1986.

Roger Taylor, All the Mighty World. The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852-1860. London:  Yale University Press, 2004.

Roger Taylor, Impressed by Light. British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860, London: Yale University Press, 2007.

Roger Taylor, ‘Claudet, Fenton and the Photographic Society’, History of Photography, 27 (4), Winter 2003, pp. 386-388

Comments (1)

Michael Pritchard
18 January 2014

The Society's Wikipedia entry is expanding. If anyone can add to it please do so. The more recent history of The Society is lacking and it would be great to expand on this. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Photographic_Society

There is also a Wiki page for the RPS Journal which is work in progress from me (!) but if anyone else can expand on it please do so. The link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journal_of_the_Photographic_Society

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