The Origins of Photography Great Britain: St Andrews

Echoes from the Vault

Last week a major exhibition on the birth of British photography opened in Japan at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Curator Keishi Mitsui had been working on this exhibition for several years and this also included multiple research trips to the UK, including St Andrews and the Library’s Special Collections Division, to learn more about our photographic material.

‘The Origins of Photography Great Britain’ Exhibition advertisement, Tokyo Japan © Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Last summer we were approached by the museum with a loan request to borrow a significant number of items for the exhibition as Mr Mitsui was keen to include the important contributions of the early Scottish photographers, many of whom were from the St Andrews area.

The Fishergate 1845, by D.O. Hill & Robert Adamson. SAUL ID: ALB-77-4

St Andrews Harbour, 1846, by D.O. Hill & Robert Adamson. SAUL ID: ALB-23-12

This loan was the largest…

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