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John Traill Taylor (1827-1895): an addition to the biography

While working through the British Journal of Photography I came across a reference to John Traill undertaking a photographic expedition to Orkney in June 1860 (listed by Peter Stubbs on his Edinphoto website) . He read a paper on it to the Edinburgh Photographic Society on 17 July 1861, published in the Journal on 1 August p. 269. He had with him a stereo camera and a 12 x 10" plate camera.... but where are his photographs? This is in fact John Traill Taylor, who became editor of the BJP from 1864 and spent time in America where he set up The Photographic Times. See: http://www.luminous-lint.com/app/photographer/John_Traill__Taylor/A/

There is one stereo pair in the Orkney Library that may be his work: http://photos.orkneycommunities.co.uk/picture/number25396.asp

It shows the 'Prince Consort', the vessel he took from Edinburgh to Kirkwall in June 1860.


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