|Dates: ||1814 - 1897|
A native of Perth, David Octavius Hillís birthplace, Johnston was one of the founding members of the Photographic Society of Scotland in 1856. His entries that year were all in collodion; in 1858 he entered only waxed-paper views; and by 1864, a mixture of paper and glass. Johnston participated in the Edinburgh Photograph Exchange Club and was a member of several learned societies. In 1871, on the death of his father, he became head of the family firm of geographical publishers, and in 1877 he was appointed geographer to the queen for Scotland.
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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