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London 1853: Celebrating the 160 years since the founding of the Royal Photographic Society at the RSA

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Fellows will swarm London this weekend along with members of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and close out a 24-hour long photo shoot at the RSA – where the  RPS was founded in 1853. 

To help celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Royal Photographic Society, RPS London is organizing a 24-hour photo shoot, “London1853”, in and around iconic London landmarks.  It will start at 16:00 on Saturday 19th January at Trafalgar Square and finish at or near the RSA in John Adam Street at 16:00 on Sunday 20th January – the venue, time and date of the founding meeting. Details of this event can be found here.

You can also read the original handwritten notes from the RSA meetings in 1853 that led to the founding of the society on the RSA Flickr Group - and they have got plenty more in the RSA Archive if you are interested (big thanks to their archivist, Eve, for pulling the notes out).

Photo: RSA Council Minutes 19th Jan 1853, p 153 on the founding of the Royal Photographic Society RSA/AD/MA/100/12/02/05 – Minutes of Council Volume 4 June 1852 – June 1853

Hand written sections from Society Council meetings regarding formation of RPS. (see scans)

Journal of the Society of Arts, Vol. 1, no. 7
Author(s): Edward Solly, Henry C. Owen, Robert Hunt, P. Q., F. and J. S.Reviewed work(s): Source: The Journal of the Society of Arts, Vol. 1, No. 7 (JANUARY 7th, 1853), pp. 73-84
Published by: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

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