viernes, 1 de octubre de 2010

(en) Photographer Georges Washington Wilson. Vintage photography Scotland.

Beautiful photograph representing the "Isle of Ellen Katrine in the Scottish loch". The photographer frames the view of the island between the branches of a tree and so he achieved to give depth to the image.
Wilson was a Scottish photographer whose albums collected pictures of his native Scotland and throughout the UK. Its activity was also extended to different parts of Europe including Spain.
The quality of the photos of Wilson is very high and their formats vary, usually between 14x10 cm. to 24x36 cm.
The photos are sold either individually or in albums, called the Tour more often, in this case "Tours in Scotland".
Wilson photos on the negative lead of the place name and number.His photos are found in numerous museums and its photographic archives are at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.


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Excelente artículo en inglés que  repasa la historia profesional de estos dos grandes estudios fotográficos con especial hincapié a los procedimientos de "marketing fotográfico de la época"

..................With a similar entrepreneurial spirit, in a bid to extend his initial portraits into the realm of greater production, Wilson had a stroke of marketing genius. In 1857 he created a montage of one-hundred and one of Aberdeen’s established middle class, identifying the who’s who of Aberdeen society, and simultaneously drawing attention to himself, to his clients and their elevated status. It sold extremely well, and in a single stroke this new promotion publicly cemented his relationship with existing clients while using their patronage and image as advertising, thus compelling other members of society, wishing for similar recognition, to visit his studio in the hopes of being included in the next year’s edition...........

The George Washington Wilson and Co. Photographic Collection
The George Washington Wilson and Co. photographic collection consists of over 37,000 glass plate negatives, produced by the Aberdeen firm between the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century
His patronage by the Royal Family during their visits to the Balmoral Estates began in 1854 when he was invited to take photographs of the Royal family in the grounds of Balmoral
He received the official appointment of Photographer Royal for Scotland in 1860 and his relationship with the Royal family continued throughout his career
George Washington Wilson exhibited his photos in these early exhibitions:
-  1855:  British Association, Glasgow
-  1856:  Edinburgh Photographic Society
-  1857:  Art Treasures, Manchester
-  1858:  Edinburgh Photographic Society
-  1859:  British Association, Glasgow
-  1859:  Glasgow Photographic Society
-  1861:  London Photographic Society
-  1862:  London International Exhibition
Wilson went on to build up a substantial business as a publisher of topographic views, principally of Scotland, where he travelled to Braemar, the Trossachs, the Falls of Clyde and many of the wilder parts of Scotland. His English output is small compared with his Scottish views, but Wilson made several journeys into England.
Born 7 February 1823; died 9 March 1893.
By 1880 he had established the largest publishing company of topographical views in Britain called "G.W. Wilson & Co.".
[Recueil.] Scottish Scenery / G. W. Wilson
[Recueil.] Scottish Scenery / G. W. Wilson
Source: gallica.bnf.fr

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