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Just in case some BPH members are unaware, the Perth Museum & Art Gallery’s photographic collections contain examples of many photographic processes from the earliest daguerreotypes and calotypes, right through to the digital photography of today. 
One of the earliest photographs of Perth and Perthshire can be found within the Museum's collection of about 2,500 glass plate negatives belonging to Magnus Jackson (1831-1891). He built his first photographic studio on Marshall Place, Perth in the late 1850s where St Leonard's in the Fields Church now stands.

Another collection is the Wood & Son Printers in Perth who produced a series of postcard views of Perthshire from photographs taken by several local photographers between 1903 and 1923. Perth Museum & Art Gallery cares for the 1000+ negatives which have all been digitised and may be searched using their showcase public access terminal in the entrance hall of the Museum. The Museum is also currently in the process of documenting, storing and digitising approximately 15,000 images, taken between 1927 and 1993, from the business of D Wilson Laing Photographers, Blairgowrie.

Hopefully all these collections will be available online soon for easy access by photohistorians. In the meantime, you can read more about Magnus Jackson here, and the Museum's impressive collection here.

 

Photo:  The ‘accused’ stands before the magistrate, in Perth Sherriff Court, Tay Street taken in the 1880s. Copyright Magnus Jackson Gallery.

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